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Blog: Grantham linked to NFL coordinator position with Eagles

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been linked in reports for a similar job opening with the Philadelphia Eagles on newly hired coach Chip Kelly’s staff.

CSN Philly cited a league source that Kelly is trying to convince Grantham to take the defensive coordinator position with the NFL team. Grantham and Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn were connected to the Eagles’ job on the team’s web site, according to Phillyburbs.com. That followed their names being mentioned by the NFL Network.

Under Grantham’s contract, he is to notify athletic director Greg McGarity of “any offers of employment, employment opportunities or requests for meetings or discussion with respect to possible employment opportunities before engaging in substantive discussions regarding such employment or employment opportunities.”

That had not happened as of Wednesday night, according to McGarity.

Before coming to Georgia before the 2010 season, Grantham was an NFL assistant for 11 seasons in Dallas, Cleveland, Houston and Indianapolis. He was defensive coordinator for the Browns from 2005-07.

Grantham did not respond Wednesday night to messages left for him.

Grantham, who makes $825,000 annually in a contract that runs through Jan. 31, 2015, has no buyout if he leaves to be an NFL defensive coordinator or head coach in the NFL or college. Grantham has said he would like to be a head coach some day.

Under Grantham, Georgia was 18th in the nation in scoring defense this past season after finishing 23rd last season. The Bulldogs ranked 32nd in total defense, down from fifth in 2011.

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