Gruden could follow coaches who sat out before return

Jonathan Hernandez
January 7, 2018

Jon Gruden will be introduced Tuesday as the new coach of the Raiders.

As ESPN opened its broadcast of Saturday's AFC Wild Card game between the Chiefs and the Titans, play-by-play man Sean McDonough quickly addressed Gruden's future.

Gruden hasn't coached since he went 9-7 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, and he has served as a color analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football since 2009.

The deal is expected to be worth as much as $10 million per season and could be as long as 10 years, according to that person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

Sunday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Sportscenter "Jon Gruden is going to be the next coach of the Oakland Raiders". He was sacked by Tampa Bay following the 2008 season and has spent the past nine years as an announcer at ESPN. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.

ART SHELL: Shell was let go by the Raiders following the 1994 season as late owner Al Davis wanted a fresh start for the team for its move back to Oakland. After a brief hiatus, Brown returned to football as the part owner, coach and general manager of the AFL expansion Cincinnati Bengals, who began play in 1968.

Gruden has been lining up potential members of his coaching staff. He has a 95-81 career record.

The Raiders extended Derek Carr's contract last summer, paying the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback $125 million over five seasons.

This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year.

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