Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has a new job, as tonight the Cleveland Browns announced that they have hired Grigson as their Senior Personnel Executive.
In a bit of a twist of irony, Grigson will report to Andrew Berry, who is the Browns’ VP of Player Personnel. Berry worked for Grigson as the Colts’ pro scouting coordinator in Indy before he was hired by the Browns a year ago - so Berry used to report to Grigson, and now Grigson will report to Berry.
In all sincerity, I hope that Grigson does well with the Browns. He had a ton of issues with the Colts - mainly talent evaluation and relationships with people within the building - but perhaps a new role with a new team will help him keep growing and be able to have success in that position.
Former Colts punter Pat McAfee, who has made his feelings about Grigson quite obvious, had a succinct and fitting response tonight:
Grigson was hired by the Colts in 2012 as their general manager and he had a terrific first year, being named the Executive of the Year. But his 2013 offseason was a disaster, and from there it was downhill (early in the 2013 season he traded for Trent Richardson, for example - with the Browns, too!). The Colts never really recovered from that, and Grigson failed to truly build a contending team around Andrew Luck. On top of all of that, Grigson and Chuck Pagano really didn’t get along and that toxic relationship just got worse as the years went on. All of that led to Grigson being fired by the Colts this offseason, and he was replaced by Chris Ballard.