Todd Grantham not leaving Dogs to join Saints

A day after interviewing with the New Orleans Saints, Georgia released a statement from defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on Friday night saying he had withdrawn from consideration for the job with the NFL team.


Former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was to interview on Friday.

“As I said Wednesday, Georgia is a great place, my family loves it here, and I do as well,” said Grantham, who has been at Georgia since 2010. “This is where our heart is and today I have withdrawn from consideration for the position with the Saints. I’m excited to start preparations for another season and along with the rest of our defensive staff look forward to coaching some really good returning players as well as developing some very talented newcomers.”

Unless another job pops up, this appears to close the book this off-season on weeks of speculation and reports linking Grantham to NFL coordinator jobs.

RAVENS: General manager Ozzie Newsome said he’s “optimistic” that the team will get a long-term deal done with quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Super Bowl MVP is not under contract for next season.

Newsome said at the “State of the Ravens” season-ending news conference on Friday that the sides were “very close” to a deal before the season began, but it was a mutual agreement to stop negotiations until the end of the season.

PACKERS: Tight end Jermichael Finley told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel he believes it’s a “50/50” chance that he remains with the club next season.

The Packers have a decision to make about the talented Finley, who is due a $3 million roster bonus in March. If the Packers trade or release Finley, they would save $8.25 million.

PANTHERS: Charlotte’s City Council has agreed to a plan that would give the team nearly $144 million from a food-and-beverage tax hike to pay for upgrades to its downtown stadium, Mayor Anthony Foxx said.

Foxx said North Carolina General Assembly approval would be needed for the city to increase its prepared food-and-beverage tax by one cent. That part of the deal hasn’t been settled.

The money would be paid over 15 years and requires the team to stay in Charlotte for that period of time.

COWBOYS: Are set to hire Cleveland Browns running backs coach Gary Brown for the same job.

The team’s Web site reported Friday that the addition of Brown was expected to be completed next week.

GUN REFORM: NFL greats Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk are appearing in a public service announcement in favor of gun law reforms.

EAGLES: Completed new coach Chip Kelly’s staff, adding Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator. Fipp was the assistant special teams coach for Miami from 2011-12.

TEXANS: Nose tackle Shaun Cody is out of the hospital after undergoing back surgery.

LOUISIANA STATE: Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is in talks with coach Les Miles to run the Tigers’ offense.

The 52-year-old Cameron was fired by Ravens coach John Harbaugh after a Week 14 loss to the Redskins.

Following some late-season struggles, Baltimore went on to win the Super Bowl with former Colts coach Jim Caldwell as offensive coordinator.

Greg Studrawa has been LSU’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons. He is expected to be retained as offensive line coach.



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