Grantham, NFL’s Eagles still in limbo

semerson@macon.comJanuary 17, 2013 

ATHENS -- There is a clause in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s contract at Georgia that states the following: “(Grantham) shall notify the Athletic Director of any offers of employment, employment opportunities or requests for meetings or discussions with respect to possible employment opportunities before engaging in substantive discussions regarding such employment or employment opportunities.”

As of Thursday evening, Grantham had yet to notify athletics director Greg McGarity of any “substantive discussions” or interview with the Philadelphia Eagles, despite reports linking him to the NFL team.

“No news,” McGarity said in a text message.

Philadelphia introduced Chip Kelly as its head coach Thursday afternoon. Kelly, formerly the head coach at Oregon, did not specify any candidates for defensive coordinator, saying he was “right in the middle” of putting together his staff.

But in a sign that Kelly’s process might not be that far along, he would not even commit to using a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. The reports that said Grantham was being targeted for the job implied that the Eagles and Kelly wanted to convert to a 3-4, which Grantham has run the past three seasons at Georgia.

Grantham spent Thursday on the recruiting trail for Georgia, including a visit with Dooly County star Montravious Adams. The nose tackle is considered a key recruit for the Bulldogs.

Grantham has remained quiet, not responding to messages. But it’s not likely that he would turn down the Eagles job -- or any coordinator job in the NFL -- if he were offered. Grantham’s contract with UGA, which runs through 2015, does not require him to pay a financial penalty if he leaves for a head coaching job in the NFL or college, or an NFL defensive coordinator job.

The Eagles likely would be able to offer more than the $825,000 that he’s being paid annually at Georgia.

Grantham also received a total of $125,000 in bonuses this season. His contract calls for a $75,000 bonus for appearing in the Capital One Bowl and $50,000 for winning the SEC East.

Grantham is no stranger to the NFL. He came to Georgia in 2010 after 11 seasons at the NFL, including three seasons as the defensive coordinator for Cleveland.

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