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

Handicapping 2016 Win Totals on Fri, May 2016 by Blade
2016 NFL Draft Props on Thu, Apr 2016 by Blade
NFL Draft Preview on Thu, Apr 2016 by Blade

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Romo eyes lengthy return Injuries have been an issue at times for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, but the veteran NFL star is far from thinking about...
Thumbnail Lockette retiring from Seahawks The Seattle Seahawks are losing another skill-position player from last year’s team as receiver Ricardo Lockette is expected to announce his retirement...
Thumbnail Dolphins securing the D-Line The Miami Dolphins are trying to make a push for the playoffs and they aided that on Saturday by signing Cameron Wake to a two-year...
Thumbnail Updated Super Bowl LI Odds The 2016 NFL Draft has now concluded. How did the draft impact the odds to win the Super Bowl next season?
Thumbnail Larmey Tunsil NFL Draft Prediction Once considered the top prospect in this year's class, how far will Larmey Tunsil fall in the first round of tonight's 2016 NFL Draft?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages