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January 12, 2012

Colts announce new General Manager

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —

Getting back to Indiana and having an opportunity to work with his home-state team was a chance that he couldn't turn down. He played at Purdue for coach Jim Colletto and was drafted in 1994 by the Bengals.

"It's a tremendous opportunity and a once in a lifetime blessing," Grigson said. "I was born in this state, raised in this state, went to college in this state and met my wife in this state.

"That says a lot about how near and dear Indiana is to me on all levels. That's comforting knowing that I'm going to be embarking on this opportunity and challenge with that as a backdrop."

Nothing new on Caldwell-- No decision on the fate of coach Jim Caldwell and his assistants is expected until early next week.

"[GM] Ryan [Grigson] spoke with Jim Caldwell. He's going to get into some lengthy conversations with him over the weekend. Maybe on Monday [Grigson] and I will sit down and talk," Irsay said.

"If Jim is going to be staying here, it's because he gives us the best chance to win and he deserves the opportunity. You love popularity. But in the end, this is about what's best for the franchise. It's not just change for change."

No meeting with Manning yet-- Grigson had not talked to the four-time NFL Most Valuable prior to accepting his new job as the Colts' general manager.

"He's a great player and he's done great things. I admire his body of work without a question. I look forward to speaking with him sometime," he said.

Still evaluating the roster-- "I have a general impression of everybody on the [Colts] roster. But to do it the right way, I need to lock myself in my office, put a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on the door and knock it out and know exactly what I have before I can really evaluate and speak about players with Mr. Irsay. I want to know univocally what we have," Grigson said.

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