|Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham played coy when asked about a potential move to the NFL. (US Presswire)|
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will fly to New Orleans on Thursday and interview with the Saints for their open defensive coordinator spot, according to NFL.com. Grantham's new flight plans confirm a Tuesday report from NOLA.com.
Grantham has been a hot name in recent weeks and the Saints aren't the only team interested in him. CBSSports.com's Jason LaConfora reported Tuesday that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly "thinks highly" of Grantham and would consider him for Philadelphia's opening at defensive coordinator. Kelly has been attempting to lure Grantham to Philadelphia since as early as mid-January, according to CSN Philadelphia.
The Bulldogs' third-year defensive coordinator has had a busy 24 hours. Wednesday was national signing day in college football and the media got a chance to grill Grantham -- not about college football of course, but about his possible future in the NFL. Grantham sidestepped almost every NFL related question.
"Right now, I'm the defensive coordinator and I'm looking forward to coaching these guys," Grantham told the Macon Telegraph. "You know what, I get a lot of inquiries all the time and there's no way that I'm going to comment on any particular one, because if I did, there was no way I could do my job."
However, in his next breath, Grantham did leave open the possibility of leaving Georgia "if things come up."
"I told guys that I love Georgia, and I think this is a great place. My family loves it and I love it and I full expect to be here," Grantham said. "But as coaches, if things come up, you're always going to say, 'Hey, what's best for your family' and see what happens. Nothing's come up for me from the standpoint of I feel like I have to contractually say something."
When Grantham said he doesn't "feel like I have to contractually say something," he's alluding to the part of his contract that requires him to let Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity know of any potential interviews beforehand.
As for Grantham's newest recruits at Georgia, they're under the impression he's staying in Athens. At least that's what the mom of 4-star recruit Davin Bellamy told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Coach Grantham talked to Davin and assured him he had nothing to worry about, he was staying at Georgia," Bridgett Bellamy said. "He's been recruiting him now for several months and Davin has his word that he will be there when Davin starts at Georgia in the fall."
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