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Grantham removes himself as Saints' DC candidate

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Todd Grantham removed himself from consideration for the New Orleans Saints job on Friday.

Grantham will return to his job as University of Georgia's defensive coordinator. He interviewed with the Saints on Thursday.

"I want to thank (coach) Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints organization for the opportunity to interview and get to know them," Grantham said in a statement. "They are a first class organization in every respect. As I said Wednesday, Georgia is a great place, my family loves it here, and I do as well.

"This is where our heart is and today I have withdrawn my name from consideration for the position with the Saints.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."

Grantham's decision is a sign that the Saints are closer to hiring Rob Ryan for the job.

Ryan was fired as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator after the season. The team said he interviewed with the Saints on Friday.

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