The New Orleans Saints new defensive coordinator won’t be Todd Grantham.
A day after he interviewed with the Saints, Georgia released a statement from Grantham on Friday night in which he said he had withdrawn from consideration for the job and sounded like he planned to remain as the Bulldogs defensive coordinator for a fourth season.
Former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was to interview on Friday for the Saints job.
“As I said Wednesday, Georgia is a great place, my family loves it here, and I do as well,” Grantham said. “This is where our heart is and today I have withdrawn from consideration for the position with the Saints. I’m excited to start preparations for another season and along with the rest of our defensive staff look forward to coaching some really good returning players as well as developing some very talented newcomers.”
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity declined comment when asked whether Grantham would receive a pay increase or contract extension as a result of interest from the Saints. Grantham has two years remaining on a contract that pays him $825,000 annually.
Unless another job pops up, this appears to close the book on weeks of speculation and reports linking Grantham to NFL coordinator jobs.
His name was floated for the Philadelphia Eagles coordinator opening, but former Oregon coach Chip Kelly officially filled it Friday when he hired Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis.
Earlier Friday before Grantham’s statement was released, safety Tray Matthews, the highest rated recruit by Rivals.com in the class Georgia signed on Wednesday, was asked how he would react if Grantham left for the NFL.
“That’s his choice,” said Matthews, an early enrollee. “Really, I just love Georgia for Georgia. I love all the coaches. If he chooses to go to the Saints, that’s all right with me as long as he’s happy.”
Grantham, who coached in the NFL for 11 seasons before coming to Georgia, thanked Saints coach Sean Payton and the Saints organization “for the opportunity to interview and get to know them. They are a first class organization in every respect.”
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