Ryan Grigson is back with Andrew Berry and the Browns.
A former Indianapolis Colts general manager, Grigson is working for the Browns in an advisory and consulting role, a person familiar with the arrangement confirmed Thursday to the Beacon Journal and the USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been made public.
Grigson’s gig will likely evolve into a full-time job after April’s NFL draft, the person said.
The Browns hired Grigson in May 2017 to work under Berry, their new GM who held the title of vice president of player personnel in Cleveland from 2016-18.
Shortly after Berry’s predecessor, John Dorsey, became GM, he fired Grigson in January 2018. Grigson spent the past two years as a consultant for the Seattle Seahawks.
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Grigson was the GM of the Colts from 2012-16. Berry worked in Indy’s scouting department in four of those five years.
Berry has the assistance of his former boss after parting ways two weeks ago with three of Dorsey’s top lieutenants — assistant GM Eliot Wolf, VP of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith and director of college scouting Steve Malin.
The Colts went 11-5 and made the playoffs in each of Grigson’s first three seasons as their GM. Then they went 8-8 the in back-to-back seasons before firing him.
Grigson, 47, was named NFL Executive of the Year by Sporting News for the 2012 season after he drafted quarterback Andrew Luck first overall. However, Grigson was often criticized for failing to build an offensive line capable of adequately protecting Luck, who surprisingly retired last year at the age of 29.
In 2013, Browns fans found Grigson on their radars when he traded a first-round pick for running back Trent Richardson, a bust who flamed out of the NFL.
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