Georgia extends Todd Grantham
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia is prepared to reward Todd Grantham for leading the Bulldogs' recent defensive resurgence.
Georgia released an unsigned draft Friday of a two-year extension that would keep Grantham under contract as the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator through 2014. The deal would pay Grantham a base salary of $825,000 -- an annual raise of $75,000 -- plus incentives.
Grantham, who joined Mark Richt's staff in 2010, would not be penalized if he left Georgia for a head coaching position at the college or NFL level or if he departed to become an NFL defensive coordinator. If he left for another college position or a non-coordinator NFL job, Grantham would be required to return a percentage of his salary.
Georgia ranked fifth in total defense last season, allowing 277.2 yards per game and leading the team to a 10-4 record and the program's first SEC East title since 2005. Grantham's defense finished second in three-and-outs (60), third in third-down defense (28.9 percent), fourth in pass-efficiency defense (98.74 opponent passer rating) and tied for seventh in turnovers forced (32).
Grantham would reap financial benefits from further on-field success, with incentive bonuses pushing his potential annual earnings to $1.05 million if the Bulldogs were to win both the SEC and BCS championship games.
The contract draft calls for Grantham to receive a bowl bonus ranging from a minimum $25,000 if the Bulldogs participate in a lower-tier postseason game to $150,000 for winning the BCS title.
Additionally, Grantham would receive $75,000 for winning the SEC championship game, $50,000 for losing it or $10,500 if Georgia finishes as a division co-champion and does not appear in the league's championship game.
The bowl incentives in Grantham's contract would be payable only if he coaches the team for the entire season, including the bowl game.
Richt hired Grantham, who had spent the previous decade as an NFL assistant, after firing defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and two assistants following the 2009 season. Grantham installed a 3-4 base defense the following spring, and the Bulldogs improved to 23rd nationally in total defense in 2010 before taking an enormous step forward in Grantham's second season in Athens.
The Bulldogs return nine starters from last season's defense -- including All-America outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and safety Bacarri Rambo -- so they appear to be poised for continued success this fall.