Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will interview Thursday for the same job with the New Orleans Saints, head coach Sean Payton told the NFL team’s sideline reporter, according to his Twitter account.
Kristian Garic of WWL-AM 870/FM-105.3 tweeted on Tuesday night that “Sean Payton tells me UGA DC Todd Grantham will interview Thurs. (Rob) Ryan in Friday.”
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported the same thing, citing an unidentified league source.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday night that the Saints plan on hiring Ryan, the former Cowboys defensive coordinator.
Grantham had not notified Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity as of Tuesday night that he was interested in interviewing for an NFL defensive coordinator job, according to McGarity. Grantham, according to his contract, is to notify the AD 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.”
Grantham did not respond to a message left for him by the Athens Banner-Herald on Tuesday night.
Grantham, who spent 11 years as an NFL assistant before becoming Georgia’s defensive coordinator prior to the 2010 season, continues to be linked to the still vacant opening for the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator position.
The Saints’ news comes on the eve of national signing day.
Outside linebacker prospect Davin Bellamy from Chamblee has discussed with Grantham speculation linking him to NFL jobs. Bellamy had said he plans to sign Wednesday. He had said Georgia is his leader but the latest news could have some impact with his decision.
Grantham is scheduled to join coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo at a signing day press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
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