Jon Gruden Inking $100 MILLION Contract ... To Coach Raiders

Gruden is said to have agreed to a 10-year deal worth more than $100 million with the team he coached from 1998-2001.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the team is planning to introduce Gruden as their next head coach during a news conference on Tuesday.

Gruden, who coached Oakland from 1998 to 2001 and has been working as an ESPN analyst, is returning to the Raiders to replace Jack Del Rio, who was sacked after the regular-season finale on Sunday.

Oakland had previously traded Gruden to Tampa Bay for four draft picks after Gruden spent four seasons with the team.


Gruden has worked as a color commentator for ESPN's Monday Night Football telecast since 2009, and he hasn't coached in an NFL game since 2008.

ESPN's Adam Schefter later confirmed the report.

Current Los Angeles Rams quarterback coach Greg Olson will be Oakland's offensive coordinator, while former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will serve in the same capacity under Gruden. He has a 95-81 career record.

According to Mike Jones of USA Today, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said "the league believes the Raiders have complied with the Rooney Rule", although he couldn't say when interviews with minority candidates took place. "Minority candidates were interviewed and we will wait and see the decision they make". Late owner Al Davis hired Art Shell in 2006, 11 years after firing him the first time. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.

  • Steve Townsend