That was probably the most logical reaction to Ryan Grigson being named GM of the Colts Wednesday. Grigson had spent the past nine years with the Eagles as a scout and talent evaluator. He held the titles of Director of College Scouting and Director of Player Personnel during his tenure here. Grigson was also on the Rams staff when they won the Super Bowl in 1999.
"Although we will miss Ryan personally and professionally we could not be happier for him," Eagles GM Howie Roseman said in a statement. "He has been a great advisor to me and somebody I have leaned on to bounce ideas off of many times over my career. He leaves no stone left unturned in his efforts to find good players and we were lucky to have him here in Philadelphia. In addition to his skills as a talent evaluator, we can’t say enough about Ryan as a person. He is one of the best family men I have come across in the NFL and we wish he, Cynthia and his children all the best."
For the 39-year-old Indiana native, it was a dream come true. Grigson will have some tough decisions to make, too. It will be his decision whether to retain head coach Jim Caldwell and/or to part ways with Peyton Manning and start rebuilding with Andrew Luck — if the Colts decide to take the Stanford star with the No. 1 overall pick, which they hold in April's draft.
"I've been on teams whose guys were run off for the sake of running guys off," Grigson told reporters. "That makes no sense to me. I like to salvage things if the ability is there."
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