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Indianapolis Colts Reportedly Set to Hire Eagles Ryan Grigson as GM

Posted By Mike Chiari On January 11, 2012 @ 9:47 am In Colts News | No Comments

After the surprising firing of vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, the general manager, the Indianapolis Colts [1] were on the hunt for a personnel czar. It appears as though that search is now over.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter [2], the Colts have come to terms with Philadelphia Eagles’ [3] director of player personnel Ryan Grigson to become their new general manager.

Schefter is also reporting that Grigson had interviewed for the St. Louis Rams [4]‘ vacant general manager position as well, but he has settled on the Colts and could be introduced as soon as Wednesday.

Grigson was one of the architects of the Eagles [3] team that backup quarterback Vince Young dubbed the “Dream Team” during the preseason. While things didn’t quite work out, as the Eagles finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs, there is no question Grigson has a keen eye for talent.

He steps into a very tricky situation in terms of the salary cap and as far as what to do with quarterback Peyton Manning [5]. Indications are that Manning’s neck will heal to the point where he can return to the starting role next season, but the Colts hold the No. 1 pick in the NFL [6] draft and figure to nab Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

This puts the prospective new GM in a precarious position as he will have to choose between a legendary quarterback in Manning and perhaps the next legendary quarterback in Luck. Seeing as Grigson has no previous ties to the organization it isn’t inconceivable that trading Manning could come into play.

Another option would be to keep Manning and have Luck sit on the bench and learn for a year or two, but that could be an explosive situation with Manning having to constantly look over his shoulder. Whatever the case, Grigson isn’t exactly entering the most envious position in football.

With that said, he is taking over a Colts team that went to the postseason two years ago with virtually the same roster. The only difference was that Manning was under center. With a few tweaks and improvements and a resolution of the quarterback issue, the Colts could be back near the top of the AFC South next season under Grigson.

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[1] Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts

[2] Adam Schefter: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7449840/indianapolis-colts-hire-philadelphia-eagles-ryan-grigson-gm-sources-say

[3] Philadelphia Eagles’: http://bleacherreport.com/philadelphia-eagles

[4] St. Louis Rams: http://bleacherreport.com/st-louis-rams

[5] Peyton Manning: http://bleacherreport.com/peyton-manning

[6] NFL: http://bleacherreport.com/nfl

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