Todd Grantham is officially staying on staff in Gainesville after the Cincinnati Bengals made a run at the team’s defensive coordinator and he now has a new contract to reward him for his loyalty.
If you missed the news, Grantham flirted with making a return to the NFL to join the new Bengals coaching staff but decided he wasn’t ready to leave college football and all the momentum of Dan Mullen’s Florida program. News of Grantham staying at Florida was first reported by Harrison Tenzer.
Florida has turned around and rewarded Grantham for his loyalty by giving the coordinator an extension through 2022 and a raise to $1.8 million annually, according to Bruce Feldman of the Athletic and Scott Carter of FloridaGators.com. That figure would have ranked in the top 4 nationally in assistant coach salary for the 2018 season and puts Grantham in the top 5 nationally for all defensive coordinators in 2019.
Grantham has been with Mullen dating back to the 2017 season when they both coached at Mississippi State. Florida’s defense ranked No. 6 in the SEC in scoring defense and No. 5 in sacks in the league in the first season under Grantham.