BEREA, Ohio (AP) -Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham agreed to a two-year contract extension on Thursday with the Cleveland Browns, a deal that will keep him with the club through the 2009 season.
Grantham joins coach Romeo Crennel and first-year offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who also have deals through '09.
``We're excited about it,'' general manager Phil Savage said. ``It's another step toward continuity, and that's really what we're striving to get to. He's a terrific coach, and we think he has good upside and has potential to be a head coach in time.''
With Crennel considered a pivotal season after going 10-22 in his first two years, Grantham would be the front-runner to replace him, at least in an interim role.
Grantham almost became a head coach last year when he was a finalist for the Michigan State job.
``Anytime an opportunity comes up, you want to evaluate them,'' Grantham said. ``That one was really tough for me. I'm very happy here and I think the future's very bright and a lot of positive things are coming in the near future.''
Grantham came to the Browns in 2005 to take his first coordinator job after working as a defensive line coach with the Houston Texans from 2002-04. He had never worked with Crennel, but had experience with the 3-4 scheme.
``Todd is a good young coach,'' Crennel said. ``He is thorough. He is on top of it. We get along good.''
The Browns suffered a number of injuries and ranked 27th in total defense in 2006, allowing 344.8 yards a game. The rushing defense was 29th (142.2 yards) and the passing defense 15th (202.6).
The Browns ranked 22nd in scoring, allowing 22.3 points a game.
``I feel very fortunate,'' said Grantham, who praised owner Randy Lerner, Savage and Crennel. ``For them to have confidence in me means a lot.''

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