The Raiders offered a two-year contract for Todd Grantham to leave the University of Louisville and become their defensive coordinator.
That isn’t going to happen. Grantham turned down the Raiders’ offer, the school announced on Wednesday. NFL Network reported earlier in the day that the Raiders extended an offer for employment, but that possibility was quickly shut down.
[BAIR: Report: Raiders offer Grantham contract to be their DC]
This is an important time for college coaches. National Signing Day is Feb. 4, and any cracks in a coaching staff can negatively impact recruiting.
Grantham met with the Raiders on Monday, and the interview went well.
Despite that fact and the report of a contract offer, there were doubts the Raiders would be able to land Grantham. The respected defensive mind signed a five-year, guaranteed contract with Louisville before the 2014 season, and he was scheduled to make nearly $1 million in the 2015 season.
The Raiders’ two-year deal certainly offered less security, especially if the Raiders’ currently unreported contract terms were close to his terms with Louisville.
“My family loves it in Louisville, and I think we are establishing something special here with Bobby Petrino and our staff," Grantham told FOX Sports college football reporter Bruce Feldman.
He was the defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia for three years before Louisville snatched him up prior to last season.
Grantham has extensive NFL experience, including a stretch as Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator from 2005-07. He was also defensive line coach of the Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001), Houston Texans (2002-04) and Dallas Cowboys (2008-09).
He’s been linked to several NFL defensive coordinator jobs over the last few seasons, but hasn’t taken one.
The team's search for a defensive coordinator carries on, nearly two weeks after head coach Jack Del Rio was hired.
The Raiders have also been linked to Seattle Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. He's currently involved in preparations to play New England in the Super Bowl. He is close to Del Rio. The two played linebacker together in Dallas from 1989-91.