Raiders looking to reunite with Jon Gruden

Monday, 01 Jan, 2018

Raiders ready to pay through nose to get Gruden " Oakland is planning to pursue former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and current Monday Night Football color commentator Jon Gruden, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources informed of the situation. The ESPN report states that the Raiders could even offer Gruden ownership stake in the team as a means to entice him to accept the role.

After signing a contract extension last offseason, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has been fired.

Gruden led the Bucs to the 2002 Super Bowl, defeating the Raiders a season after he was traded from Oakland to Tampa Bay following the Bucs' decision to fire Tony Dungy.

Additionally, per the report Mark Davis has offered Gruden an ownership stake previously, which could potentially come into play again. If Gruden didn't want the Raiders job, he could have simply said, "I've talked to plenty of suitors, but I'm staying at ESPN". Del Rio is a defensive-minded head coach.

Tennessee fans, you might want to sit down for this. "I can't say I haven't taken any phone calls". Gannon, who works in the booth with Kevin Harlan for CBS, will interestingly be calling this game between the Raiders and the Chargers in the StubHub Center on New Year's Eve. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. The season ended, however, with Gruden exploiting Gannon's weaknesses and blowing out the Raiders.

Despite all the improvements the Raiders made in 2016 prior to quarterback Derek Carr's season-ending fibula surgery, they took several steps back in 2017-especially on offense. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said. The team has looked terrible at times, especially on offense.

As he has done previously, Gruden has started to assemble a possible staff, calling assistant coaches around the NFL. There is perhaps no name bigger than Gruden's out there on the coaching market, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up in 2018. His agent always uses the threat of going back to coaching as leverage with upping his deal at ESPN.

If the Raiders do offer Gruden an ownership stake, there is a huge catch - it must be approved by other National Football League owners and there is a good reason to think they would be reluctant to do so.