Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart signed a two-year contract that will pay him $350,000 in guaranteed annual compensation when he agreed to replace Todd Bradford earlier this month. All of Coach Randy Edsall’s assistants now are under contract through at least the 2013 season.
Bradford, who agreed to an undisclosed buyout with Maryland, also was making $350,000 annually on the three-year deal he signed last year.
Stewart – whose contract was obtained via a public records request – can earn up to $110,000 in performance-based bonuses each year, though none of them are tied to his ability to recruit.
In December, Maryland hired Mike Locksley to replace Gary Crowton as the team’s offensive coordinator, and Locksley’s contract contained several recruiting-based bonus clauses. Locksley received a four-year deal worth $500,000 in guaranteed annual compensation.
Stewart spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Houston. He also has extensive experience as an assistant at the NFL level. He is expected to implement a 3-4 base defense at Maryland.
In 2011 – Bradford’s only season as the team’s defensive coordinator – the Terrapins ranked No. 102 in the nation in scoring defense (34.3 ppg allowed), No. 108 in total defense (457.2 ypg allowed), No. 111 in rushing defense (219.8 ypg allowed) and No. 74 in passing defense (237.4 ypg allowed).