NFL Notes: Donatell staying put, Grantham too?

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NFL Notes: Donatell staying put, Grantham too?
February 6, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Ed Donatell, the mastermind behind the 49ers' gritty, ball-hawking defense, is reportedly staying put in San Francisco after he was denied permission to interview with the Saints, according to

Donatell had been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed the Eagles' carousel of defensive coordinators from past seasons as part of Chip Kelly's new coaching staff.

This is the second consecutive season the Niners denied another team's request to interview Donatell.

In a season that saw the franchise reach its sixth Super Bowl, the 49ers finished in the top-5 in all three major defensive categories.

Grantham won't address rumors
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham says he expects to remain with the Bulldogs but won't address reports that he's up for the same job with the New Orleans Saints.

Grantham and former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan are reportedly in the running to replace Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired last month after the Saints gave up more yards (7,042) than any team in NFL history.

Grantham attended a news conference Wednesday for Georgia's class of signees. When asked about the Saints or any other NFL job, he said, "Right now, I'm the defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia. I'm certainly looking forward to coaching those guys." (See full story.)

- Associated Press

Giants release Bradshaw, Canty
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants continued their roster purge after missing the playoffs, cutting halfback Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty.

The Giants announced the moves on Wednesday. The release of the two starters came one day after New York let starting weakside linebacker Michael Boley go after four seasons.

Bradshaw, the Giants' leading rusher the past three seasons, has been bothered by foot and ankle problems for years. Boley had shoulder and hamstring issues and Canty had knee problems. (See full story.)

- Associated Press

Packers WR Donald Driver officially retires
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Donald Driver rewrote the Green Bay Packers record books and on Wednesday morning, the wildly popular wide receiver might've rewritten the book on how a player should call it a career.

Officially retiring after 14 seasons - all with the Packers, something that was extremely important to him - the franchise's all-time leading receiver celebrated his career during an unprecedented event inside the Lambeau Field atrium with 1,500 fans, his family, Packers coaches, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt and a handful of teammates. (See full story.)

- Associated Press

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