Adam Schefter reports that Jon Gruden is signing a 10-year contract that is likely to be worth $100 million to become the Raiders’ next head coach. According to Schefter, this is the longest coaching deal in NFL history.
- Ian Rapoport confirms the news and adds that the Raiders’ coaching staff under Gruden will be the most expensive in NFL history, as their coordinators are getting four-year deals.
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Steve Corkran is reporting that the Raiders will introduce Jon Gruden as their next head coach on Tuesday in a “splashy” news conference.
The Raiders recently fulfilled the Rooney Rule requirement by interviewing two minority candidates for their head coaching job this week.
However, all indications have been that Gruden was going to be getting the job.
In fact, Gruden himself admitted that there’s good chance” he’ll accept the offer to become the Raiders next head coach if Mark Davis officially extends it to him, per Dianna Russini.
A few days ago, Adam Schefter mentioned on Sportscenter Sunday evening that it’s clear from the Raiders’ decision to fire HC Jack Del Rio that they’re going to hire Gruden as their next head coach.
“It’s that simple. You don’t make that move with Jack Del Rio unless you know you can get Jon Gruden,” Schefter said. “Jon Gruden is going to be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders. The only question is when it happens.”
There was a lot of buzz about Gruden returning to the NFL, but with the Buccaneers. However, Tampa Bay surprisingly elected to keep Dirk Koetter in place as their head coach, which implied that talks with Gruden went in a different direction.
It will be interesting to see how quickly things play out regarding the Raiders’ head coach position.
Gruden, 54, began his head coaching career with the Raiders back in 1998. He was actually traded to the Buccaneers in 2002 after years in Oakland.
During Gruden’s 11-year coaching career, he posted a record of 95 and 81 (.540) to go along with four division titles and a Super Bowl Championship with the Buccaneers.
We’ll have more regarding Gruden and the Raiders as the news is available.