Raiders reportedly will hire Grigson to assist new GM Mayock

Ryan Grigson was general manager of the Indianapolis Colts from 2012-2016Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports photo

News addition to front office has not been announced but media report claims it is a "done deal"

by Tom LaMarre

Ryan Grigson, former general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, will be hired by the Oakland Raiders as an assistant to new general manager Mike Mayock, Pro Football Talk reported on Friday.

Citing an NFL source, the website said it was a “done deal.”

The report came two days after director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales, who was the top assistant for former general manager Reggie McKenzie, was let go by the Raiders.

McKenzie was fired last month.

The Raiders did not make an announcement on Friday and people close to Grigson declined to confirm the report, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The 46-year-old Grigson, who has NFL experience as a scout since 1998, was general manager of the Colts from 2012-16, and was the Philadelphia Eagles’ director of player personnel in 2010-11.

After Grigson carried out a major roster reconstruction of the Colts in 2012, he was named NFL Executive of the Year. The Colts finished 11-5 and made the playoff after each of his first three seasons, but he was fired early last year after they went 8-8 and missed the post-season in each of his last two years.

Grigson spent 2017 with the Cleveland Browns and this season was with the Seattle Seahawks, in an advisory role with both teams.

According to the report, Grigson will work with Mayock in the personnel department, supplying information and making recommendations to head coach Jon Gruden, who has the final say on all decisions.

The Raiders have three first-round picks in the 2019 draft, including the fourth overall selection after finishing 4-12 this season.

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