Jon Gruden has $100 million reasons to coach the Raiders again

Sheri Evans
January 6, 2018

Gruden, now the color commentator on ESPN's "Monday Night Football", will be officially introduced as Oakland's new head coach on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

ESPN reported that Gruden would receive a 10-year deal that will be the longest coaching contract in NFL history and could be worth close to $100 million United States, which would make him the highest-paid coach in league history.

The Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday at the conclusion of the team's 6-10 season in which they missed the postseason and finished third in the AFC West.

ESPN reported Saturday that Raiders owner Mark Davis was prepared to pursue Gruden with a strong offer that could include an ownership stake in the team, which would have to be approved by National Football League owners.

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Gruden has built a strong reputation as a brash head coach known to get on his quarterbacks quite roughly. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2001 season and led them to the Super Bowl, beating the Raiders 48-21. Carolina Panthers coordinator Greg Olson is expected to be Gruden's offensive coordinator and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is a top candidate for Oakland's defensive coordinator position.

Gruden, now a Monday Night Football analyst, coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, winning AFC West titles in his last two seasons. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons.

ESPN reported that Davis was in hot pursuit for Gruden with a persuasive offer that included an ownership stake in the Raiders.

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