Staff

Ryan Grigson, General Manager


Since arriving in Indianapolis, General Manager Ryan Grigson has been relentless in his pursuit of building a championship team. In his first two seasons with the franchise, he has constructed a roster that has posted back-to-back 11-5 regular season records and playoff appearances. In 2012, Grigson overturned 70 percent of the roster as the Colts produced a nine-win turnaround, tied for the third-largest in league history. For his efforts that season, he earned Executive of the Year honors from PFW/PFWA and The Sporting News.

Grigson has directed a “no stone left unturned” approach while building the Colts. Since taking the reins in January of 2012 as general manager, he has executed 16 trades, signed 17 unrestricted free agents from other teams and selected 22 players in the NFL Draft. In his first season, Grigson completed more than 250 transactions to fortify the roster, and to date has made more than 500 transactions, making him one of the most active general managers in the league. Known for finding talent outside of traditional measures, Grigson has signed numerous players that have contributed on Sundays from the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, Indoor Football League and United Football League. Most notably, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who spent three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL, has emerged as a two-year starter at the position. Grigson’s search has also yielded talent from different continents. In August of 2013, he signed Kenyan-born rugby player Daniel Adongo who saw action on special teams last season. Adongo is the first player born in the country of Kenya to compete in an NFL game.

Grigson, working in conjunction with Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay and Head Coach Chuck Pagano, has placed Indianapolis atop the league in trade activity over the last two seasons. Of the 16 trades conducted, nine of the 15 players acquired have started games for the team. None garnered more attention than the 2012 deal for CB-Vontae Davis and the 2013 trade for RB-Trent Richardson. In his two-year tenure with the Colts, Davis has started all 26 games he has competed in while totaling 101 tackles, 20 passes defensed, four interceptions and 1.0 sack. In 14 games with the Colts last season, Richardson registered 879 all-purpose yards while showing his versatility as a key receiver and blocker on third downs. 

Grigson has also found a balance of free agent and draft acquisitions. Twelve unrestricted free agent signings over his tenure have started games while six draft picks have become starters, including five from the 2012 class (QB-Andrew Luck, TE-Coby Fleener, TE-Dwayne Allen, WR-T.Y. Hilton and RB-Vick Ballard). The 2012 rookie contingent gained more scrimmage yards (3,108) than any other rookie class since the 1970 NFL merger. In 2013, Grigson selected OLB-Bjoern Werner with the 24th overall pick in the first round. Werner went on to compete in 13 games. With his third round selection that year, he chose G-Hugh Thornton who made 12 starts and blocked for Luck to throw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns.

This off-season, Grigson reloaded the roster with a strong crop of free agents and draft picks. After re-signing proven Colts in RB-Ahmad Bradshaw, S-Sergio Brown, CB-Vontae Davis, P-Pat McAfee, and K-Adam Vinatieri, the third-year general manager also made a splash by signing ILB-D’Qwell Jackson (Cleveland), DT-Arthur Jones (Baltimore) and WR-Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants). Grigson bolstered the team with a five-player draft class that consisted of T/G-Jack Mewhort (Second Round, 59th overall), WR-Donte Moncrief (Third Round, 90th overall), DE-Jonathan Newsome (Fifth Round, 166th overall), ILB-Andrew Jackson (Sixth Round, 203rd overall) and T-Ulrick John (Seventh Round, 232nd overall). All five draft picks combined to start in 157 collegiate contests while participating in eight bowl games.

The team’s astonishing turnaround and continued success has not come without its fair share of adversity. In his first year at the helm, Grigson was faced with the hurdle of leading an organization through the unchartered waters of being without their head coach, Chuck Pagano, for 12 weeks during the regular season as he battled leukemia. Rallying around their ailing coach, and under Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians, the Colts won nine of their last 11 games to finish second in the AFC South and earn the AFC’s fifth playoff seed. Indianapolis was just the third NFL team to make the playoffs one year after going 2-14 or worse and became the fourth team to win at least 10 games after a season of two-or-fewer victories. In addition to dealing with the loss of their head coach throughout much of the 2012 regular season, over the last two years, the Colts have placed 30 players on Injured Reserve, including seven starters. In 2013 alone, Grigson countered injuries by fielding a league-leading 73 different players who took at least one snap with the team. Along with 68 different players who took snaps in 2012, the Colts rank second in the NFL (Jacksonville, 143) from 2012-13 with 141 different players who took snaps with the team.

After the franchise endured a 2-14 season prior to Grigson’s hiring, Indianapolis has rebounded to produce a 22-10 regular season mark (2012-13), which ranks fifth-best in the NFL during that span. The Colts own a 14-2 record in contests decided by one possession or less and have not lost consecutive games since the new regime started in 2012. Their grit and ability to pull together to overcome any obstacle was never more apparent than their historic 45-44 AFC Wild Card win over the Kansas City Chiefs. After being down 28 points in the third quarter, the Colts rallied to post the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history.

The 2014 season begins Grigson’s 16th year in an NFL front office. He joined the Colts after completing two seasons as director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. Grigson was promoted to the role in 2010 after serving the four previous seasons as the team’s director of college scouting. His first position with the Eagles came as a western regional scout from 2004-05. Philadelphia earned a 75-52-1 regular season record during Grigson’s tenure, making the playoffs five times in eight seasons. Four times the Eagles won 10-or-more games, while winning three NFC East titles, making two conference championship game appearances and reaching Super Bowl XXXIX.

Grigson began his NFL front office career in 1999 as a national scout with St. Louis. The Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV in his first season and then appeared in Super Bowl XXXVI two years later. St. Louis compiled a 56-24 regular season record during Grigson’s stint with the team, making the playoffs four times in five seasons. Four times the Rams won 10-or-more games, while winning three NFC West titles and capturing two conference championship games.

In addition to his extensive NFL front office career, Grigson has a diverse background with experience in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League that has helped foster his innovative approach to talent acquisition. Grigson served as a pro scout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1998, supplementing that time as an assistant coach at McPherson College. In 1999, he joined the Buffalo Destroyers of the AFL as a player personnel coordinator/assistant coach.

Grigson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals as an offensive tackle in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He was released by the Bengals in training camp and was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions where he spent the majority of the season on the active roster before being placed on Injured Reserve. After a brief stint in the CFL, Grigson retired due to back injuries.

An Indiana native, Grigson played at Highland High School, earning all-state and all-conference honors as a senior offensive lineman. He then attended Purdue from 1990-94. Grigson competed as a tight end during his freshman season before moving to tackle as a sophomore, where he remained for the duration of his career. He started five games his sophomore season before a life threatening injury against Minnesota ended his year. A blow to his abdomen resulted in pancreatitis, kidney failure and pneumonia. Following a five-week hospital stay, Grigson returned to start 10-of-11 appearances as a junior. As a senior, he was elected a team captain and started all 11 games.

The 2014 campaign will mark Grigson’s first year on the National Football Scouting Board of Directors, the entity that directly oversees the NFL Scouting Combine each season in Indianapolis. He will serve his second season on the College Relations Advisory Committee, which governs the management of the NFL’s relationship to the NCAA and its member institutions. Grigson will also spend his second season on the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council whose objective is to use NFL training camps, offseason workout programs and mini-camps to give talented minority coaches the opportunity to observe, participate and gain experience toward the objective of obtaining a full-time NFL coaching position. His list of affiliations also includes his selection to the NFL General Manager Advisory Committee in 2013. The group serves as an extension to the NFL Competition Committee and provides feedback to the NFL’s football operations department. Along with Grigson’s Executive of the Year accolades following the 2012 campaign, he was also honored with the Drew Brees Mental Toughness Award by the National Football Foundation in June of 2013.

Grigson and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Indianapolis with their five children, Sophia (11), Noah (10), Luke (8), Levi (7) and Ava (5).

CAREER EXPERIENCE:
1998                 Saskatchewan Roughriders     Pro Scout            
1998                 McPherson College                 Assistant Coach               
1999                 Buffalo Destroyers                  Player Personnel Coordinator/Assistant Coach  
1999-2000       St. Louis Rams                         National Scout  
2001-2003       St. Louis Rams                         Area Scout         
2004-2005       Philadelphia Eagles                  Western Regional Scout 
2006-2009       Philadelphia Eagles                  Director of College Scouting       
2010-2011       Philadelphia Eagles                  Director of Player Personnel      

2012-2014       Indianapolis Colts                    General Manager

Ryan Grigson, General Manager


Since arriving in Indianapolis, General Manager Ryan Grigson has been relentless in his pursuit of building a championship team. In his first two seasons with the franchise, he has constructed a roster that has posted back-to-back 11-5 regular season records and playoff appearances. In 2012, Grigson overturned 70 percent of the roster as the Colts produced a nine-win turnaround, tied for the third-largest in league history. For his efforts that season, he earned Executive of the Year honors from PFW/PFWA and The Sporting News.

Grigson has directed a “no stone left unturned” approach while building the Colts. Since taking the reins in January of 2012 as general manager, he has executed 16 trades, signed 17 unrestricted free agents from other teams and selected 22 players in the NFL Draft. In his first season, Grigson completed more than 250 transactions to fortify the roster, and to date has made more than 500 transactions, making him one of the most active general managers in the league. Known for finding talent outside of traditional measures, Grigson has signed numerous players that have contributed on Sundays from the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, Indoor Football League and United Football League. Most notably, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who spent three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL, has emerged as a two-year starter at the position. Grigson’s search has also yielded talent from different continents. In August of 2013, he signed Kenyan-born rugby player Daniel Adongo who saw action on special teams last season. Adongo is the first player born in the country of Kenya to compete in an NFL game.

Grigson, working in conjunction with Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay and Head Coach Chuck Pagano, has placed Indianapolis atop the league in trade activity over the last two seasons. Of the 16 trades conducted, nine of the 15 players acquired have started games for the team. None garnered more attention than the 2012 deal for CB-Vontae Davis and the 2013 trade for RB-Trent Richardson. In his two-year tenure with the Colts, Davis has started all 26 games he has competed in while totaling 101 tackles, 20 passes defensed, four interceptions and 1.0 sack. In 14 games with the Colts last season, Richardson registered 879 all-purpose yards while showing his versatility as a key receiver and blocker on third downs. 

Grigson has also found a balance of free agent and draft acquisitions. Twelve unrestricted free agent signings over his tenure have started games while six draft picks have become starters, including five from the 2012 class (QB-Andrew Luck, TE-Coby Fleener, TE-Dwayne Allen, WR-T.Y. Hilton and RB-Vick Ballard). The 2012 rookie contingent gained more scrimmage yards (3,108) than any other rookie class since the 1970 NFL merger. In 2013, Grigson selected OLB-Bjoern Werner with the 24th overall pick in the first round. Werner went on to compete in 13 games. With his third round selection that year, he chose G-Hugh Thornton who made 12 starts and blocked for Luck to throw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns.

This off-season, Grigson reloaded the roster with a strong crop of free agents and draft picks. After re-signing proven Colts in RB-Ahmad Bradshaw, S-Sergio Brown, CB-Vontae Davis, P-Pat McAfee, and K-Adam Vinatieri, the third-year general manager also made a splash by signing ILB-D’Qwell Jackson (Cleveland), DT-Arthur Jones (Baltimore) and WR-Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants). Grigson bolstered the team with a five-player draft class that consisted of T/G-Jack Mewhort (Second Round, 59th overall), WR-Donte Moncrief (Third Round, 90th overall), DE-Jonathan Newsome (Fifth Round, 166th overall), ILB-Andrew Jackson (Sixth Round, 203rd overall) and T-Ulrick John (Seventh Round, 232nd overall). All five draft picks combined to start in 157 collegiate contests while participating in eight bowl games.

The team’s astonishing turnaround and continued success has not come without its fair share of adversity. In his first year at the helm, Grigson was faced with the hurdle of leading an organization through the unchartered waters of being without their head coach, Chuck Pagano, for 12 weeks during the regular season as he battled leukemia. Rallying around their ailing coach, and under Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians, the Colts won nine of their last 11 games to finish second in the AFC South and earn the AFC’s fifth playoff seed. Indianapolis was just the third NFL team to make the playoffs one year after going 2-14 or worse and became the fourth team to win at least 10 games after a season of two-or-fewer victories. In addition to dealing with the loss of their head coach throughout much of the 2012 regular season, over the last two years, the Colts have placed 30 players on Injured Reserve, including seven starters. In 2013 alone, Grigson countered injuries by fielding a league-leading 73 different players who took at least one snap with the team. Along with 68 different players who took snaps in 2012, the Colts rank second in the NFL (Jacksonville, 143) from 2012-13 with 141 different players who took snaps with the team.

After the franchise endured a 2-14 season prior to Grigson’s hiring, Indianapolis has rebounded to produce a 22-10 regular season mark (2012-13), which ranks fifth-best in the NFL during that span. The Colts own a 14-2 record in contests decided by one possession or less and have not lost consecutive games since the new regime started in 2012. Their grit and ability to pull together to overcome any obstacle was never more apparent than their historic 45-44 AFC Wild Card win over the Kansas City Chiefs. After being down 28 points in the third quarter, the Colts rallied to post the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history.

The 2014 season begins Grigson’s 16th year in an NFL front office. He joined the Colts after completing two seasons as director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. Grigson was promoted to the role in 2010 after serving the four previous seasons as the team’s director of college scouting. His first position with the Eagles came as a western regional scout from 2004-05. Philadelphia earned a 75-52-1 regular season record during Grigson’s tenure, making the playoffs five times in eight seasons. Four times the Eagles won 10-or-more games, while winning three NFC East titles, making two conference championship game appearances and reaching Super Bowl XXXIX.

Grigson began his NFL front office career in 1999 as a national scout with St. Louis. The Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV in his first season and then appeared in Super Bowl XXXVI two years later. St. Louis compiled a 56-24 regular season record during Grigson’s stint with the team, making the playoffs four times in five seasons. Four times the Rams won 10-or-more games, while winning three NFC West titles and capturing two conference championship games.

In addition to his extensive NFL front office career, Grigson has a diverse background with experience in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League that has helped foster his innovative approach to talent acquisition. Grigson served as a pro scout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1998, supplementing that time as an assistant coach at McPherson College. In 1999, he joined the Buffalo Destroyers of the AFL as a player personnel coordinator/assistant coach.

Grigson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals as an offensive tackle in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He was released by the Bengals in training camp and was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions where he spent the majority of the season on the active roster before being placed on Injured Reserve. After a brief stint in the CFL, Grigson retired due to back injuries.

An Indiana native, Grigson played at Highland High School, earning all-state and all-conference honors as a senior offensive lineman. He then attended Purdue from 1990-94. Grigson competed as a tight end during his freshman season before moving to tackle as a sophomore, where he remained for the duration of his career. He started five games his sophomore season before a life threatening injury against Minnesota ended his year. A blow to his abdomen resulted in pancreatitis, kidney failure and pneumonia. Following a five-week hospital stay, Grigson returned to start 10-of-11 appearances as a junior. As a senior, he was elected a team captain and started all 11 games.

The 2014 campaign will mark Grigson’s first year on the National Football Scouting Board of Directors, the entity that directly oversees the NFL Scouting Combine each season in Indianapolis. He will serve his second season on the College Relations Advisory Committee, which governs the management of the NFL’s relationship to the NCAA and its member institutions. Grigson will also spend his second season on the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council whose objective is to use NFL training camps, offseason workout programs and mini-camps to give talented minority coaches the opportunity to observe, participate and gain experience toward the objective of obtaining a full-time NFL coaching position. His list of affiliations also includes his selection to the NFL General Manager Advisory Committee in 2013. The group serves as an extension to the NFL Competition Committee and provides feedback to the NFL’s football operations department. Along with Grigson’s Executive of the Year accolades following the 2012 campaign, he was also honored with the Drew Brees Mental Toughness Award by the National Football Foundation in June of 2013.

Grigson and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Indianapolis with their five children, Sophia (11), Noah (10), Luke (8), Levi (7) and Ava (5).

CAREER EXPERIENCE:
1998                 Saskatchewan Roughriders     Pro Scout            
1998                 McPherson College                 Assistant Coach               
1999                 Buffalo Destroyers                  Player Personnel Coordinator/Assistant Coach  
1999-2000       St. Louis Rams                         National Scout  
2001-2003       St. Louis Rams                         Area Scout         
2004-2005       Philadelphia Eagles                  Western Regional Scout 
2006-2009       Philadelphia Eagles                  Director of College Scouting       
2010-2011       Philadelphia Eagles                  Director of Player Personnel      

2012-2014       Indianapolis Colts                    General Manager