Todd Grantham is reportedly the lead candidate for the still-vacant Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator position, according to a new report.
Bengals have formally requested permission to interview Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for their open coordinator position, sources tell @TheAthleticCFB.
feeling is he is a lead candidate, per sources. unclear when he would interview.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) February 11, 2019
According to Cincy Nation, Grantham is one of two coordinators that the team is interested in.
Last week, the Bengals interviewed Aubrey Pleasant, the Los Angeles Rams’ cornerbacks coach, for the same position. However, he wasn’t called back.
According to Will Sammon’s sources, however, Grantham is the so-called “favorite” for the Bengals’ vacant position.
Todd Grantham is currently the University of Florida’s defensive coordinator, which is where he’s been since 2017. Because he signed a three-year contract worth nearly $4.5 million, Grantham is currently the highest paid assistant coach in school history and one of the highest paid assistants in the country.
This is not to say that Grantham isn’t worthy of his position and salary. To the contrary — Grantham has a thirty-year coaching career that spans both the college and the professional level.
On the college level, Grantham was the defensive coordinator for Mississippi State, where he coached with Florida’s head coach Dan Mullen. He was also Louisville and Georgia’s defensive coordinator prior to working under Mullen.
On the professional level, Todd Grantham was the defensive line coach for the Cowboys under Phillips. In the three years before that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Browns.
However, if he wants to return to the professional fray, he would have to impress the Bengals with his upcoming interview.
It’s unclear, though, when that interview will be, but we’ll keep you apprised of any updates as they come across our desk.