Following a disappointing four-win 2018 season, the San Francisco 49ers are already looking to add to what has to be considered a talented front office.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting that San Francisco has shown interest in hiring former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson for a front office role.
Hearing the 49ers are interested in former Colts GM Ryan Grigson for a front office position
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 3, 2019
It’s not yet known what position Grigson would fill. But his experience could go a long way in helping the 49ers return to relevance.
Grigson served as the Colts’ general manager from 2012-16, selecting the likes of Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton in his first draft with the team. While Indy’s drafts were largely hit and miss under Grigson after that initial success, he would bring a ton of experience in a smaller front office role.
Prior to being named the Colts’ general manager, Grigson spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the Philadelphia Eagles’ director of player personnel.
Given that the 49ers hired John Lynch to be their general manger back in 2017 without any front office experience, bringing in guys who have been through the ringer makes a ton of sense. That’s exactly what Lynch himself did upon taking the job.
Former Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is currently a senior personal executive with the team. General manager in waiting Adam Peters and former Rams director of player personnel Ran Carthon also serve in Lynch’s front office.
For his part, Grigson spent this past season in the Seattle Seahawks’ front office.