Colts Hire Eagles’ Grigson as General Manager, Replacing Fired Bill Polian

The Indianapolis Colts named Philadelphia Eagles Director of Player Personnel Ryan Grigson as their general manager, the latest move in the team’s front- office shakeup after a season that produced the National Football League’s worst record.

The hiring of the 40-year-old Grigson, which was announced on the Colts’ website, comes nine days after the firings of Bill Polian as vice chairman and his son Chris Polian as GM.

Grigson helped the Eagles bring in six Pro Bowl players over the last two seasons. Last offseason, he helped acquire cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and defensive end Jason Babin, whose 18 sacks ranked third in the NFL in 2011. Philadelphia finished 8-8, winning their last four games but missing the playoffs.

Grigson directed the Eagles’ college scouting from 2006 to 2009, drafting running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Both have made Pro Bowl appearances.

A native of Highland, Indiana, Grigson was the captain of the Purdue University football team in 1994.

Bill Polian joined the Colts in 1998 and took Peyton Manning as the top pick in that year’s draft. Manning led the Colts to eight division titles and a Super Bowl win after the 2006 season, collecting a record four NFL Most Valuable Player awards.

Manning missed this season after three operations on his neck and the Colts started 0-13. Indianapolis finished 2-14 to gain the top pick in April’s draft, where Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck is expected by analyst Mel Kiper of ESPN to be the No. 1 pick.

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