INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts formally announced former Philadelphia director of player personnel Ryan Grigson as the team's new general manager Wednesday.
"Ryan brings to the Colts an outstanding NFL personnel history and a record of achievement. He is the right person for the challenges of his new role," team owner Jim Irsay said. "I am confident he can help us continue the winning tradition we have enjoyed."
Grigson, 39, spent the past nine seasons with the Eagles, beginning in 2003 as a regional scout for the team. He has been Philadelphia's director of player personnel for the past two years.
"I'm excited for the challenge. I knew immediately this is where I wanted to be. From the onset, this was a fit for me. I just knew in my gut that it felt right."
According to team owner Irsay,the Highland, Ind., native and former Purdue offensive lineman signed a four-year deal with the Colts to be the team's new general manager.
Grigson's contract has a team option for a fifth-year. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Colts' new general manager said that he is going to take some time before diving into some of the Colts' most pressing issues, such as the fate of coach Jim Caldwell and any decisions regarding quarterback Peyton Manning.
That same mind set goes for his immediate staff as well as the team's player personnel and scouting departments.
"I've been on teams before where guys were ran out just for the sake of running them out. I like to salvage things," Grigson said."If there is ability, why get rid of it if it's going to help us get to where we want to go and see us through the vision of being great."