Part of Florida football coach Dan Mullen’s offseason could include a search for a new defensive coordinator.
Current defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had been in Cincinnati interviewing for the same position with the Bengals and is now considered the NFL team’s No. 1 target, according to Cincinnati Enquirer sources.
The paper said Grantham went in for a second round of interviews Wednesday morning with new head coach Zac Taylor and is expected to be offered the job.
But according to a report late Wednesday night by Harrison Tenzer at http://picksticcs.com, Grantham has decided to remain at UF. The Sun’s Graham Hall also confirmed Grantham’s decision.
The Suns’ Pat Dooley tweeted Thursday morning: “Grantham staying with Florida in part because Gators extended him with a raise in January to $1.8 mill making him 5th highest paid DC in the country. They did that before the Bengals stuff came up. UF very pre-emptive with deal, knowing teams would come calling.”
Grantham has coached with four NFL teams in the past — Dallas, Cleveland, Houston and Indianapolis.
He was the defensive coordinator for the Browns in 2005-07. He was the defensive line coach for the Cowboys, Texans and Colts.
His Florida defense this past season gave up just 343.3 yards of total offense and 20.0 points a game. The Gators also totaled 37 sacks for losses of 217 yards in the 10-3 season.
Grantham is scheduled to make $1.5 million for the 2019 season and $1.6 million in 2020 at UF. He made $1.4 million this past season. That deal made him the highest paid assistant coach in school history and one of the highest paid assistants in the country.
Mullen had recently replaced two other departed defensive coaches with Torrian Gray at defensive backs and David Turner with the linemen. Turner replaced Sal Sunseri, who left the Gators to join Alabama’s staff, and Gray replaced Charlton Warren, who is now with Georgia.