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Gators persuaded Todd Grantham to stay with extension-raise

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We knew that Gators defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was interested in the same job with the Cincinnati Bengals, but decided Wednesday night to remain in Gainesville. And now, we have a better understanding of why?

The University revealed on Thursday afternoon that Grantham is receiving a significant raise and a contract extension that make him one of the highest paid assistants in college football:

As the article on Florida Gators. Com reveals: Grantham will now make $1.8 million dollars up $300,000 from his salary in 2018. The extension also takes him through the 2022 season, which is tremendous job security, as coordinators generally don’t have more then a couple of years on their contracts.

Grantham had been flirting with the Bengals over the course of the last two days but informed them on Wednesday night that he would not be taking their defensive coordinator job under new head coach Zach Taylor.

Grantham came with Gators coach Dan Mullen from Mississippi State after the two were together in 2017. Previously, Grantham was previously defensive coordinator Louisville aand at the University of Georgia. He does have NFL experience, as an assistant with the Cleveland Browns in the early 2000s.

The Gators enjoyed a resurgence in 2018 overall in 2018, but it was mostly lead by the play of their defense. With stars like Jachai Polite and Vosean Joseph leading the way, Florida was one of the top defenses in the SEC last season. And their 26 takeaways was 11th best in all of the NCAA for 2018.

Florida finished 10-3 with a Peach Bowl win over Michigan, and there is tremendous optimism about the improvement of the program in just the one season that Mullen, Grantham and the new staff have been at Florida.

And, with the tens of millions of dollars in revenue flowing to the Gators from the SEC and it’s television deals, etc., it’s no surprise that they were able to “pony up” and keep Grantham away from the NFL, for now.

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