Advertisement

 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.''

Recent NFL Discussions

added play on Mon, Sep 2016 by Timmy1961
mon night pro play on Mon, Sep 2016 by Timmy1961
sun night play on Mon, Sep 2016 by sharkey11

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Falcons vs. Saints Prediction Are the Saints the best play on the board in tonight's Monday Night Football clash between New Orleans and the Falcons at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Falcons vs. Saints Injury Report Will the Falcons have a healthy receiving corps tonight against the Saints? How banged-up is New Orleans? Here's a quick injury report on tonight's Monday Night...
Thumbnail Falcons vs. Saints Public Betting What does the Public Betting say about tonight’s matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints? Get the latest...
Thumbnail Falcons vs. Saints Odds Two NFC South rivals meet up tonight in Monday Night Football when the New Orleans Saintshost the Atlanta Falcons...
Thumbnail NFL Week 4 Opening Line Report Here's an early look at the biggest and smallest lines and totals for Week 4 in the NFL.
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages

Advertisement