The Oakland Raiders will sign Jon Gruden to the longest coaching deal in National Football League history - a 10-year contract likely approaching $100 million - when it is made official Tuesday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday.
This week, it has become a foregone conclusion that Jon Gruden will be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders; it's only a matter of time.
In 2002, Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay, where he coached the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory over the Raiders the following season. He has not coached since his seventh and final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008.More news: US Library of Congress backtracks on complete Twitter archive
Appearing on ESPN's Golic and Wingo (h/t Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com) on Wednesday, Gruden confirmed he has spoken with Raiders owner Mark Davis regarding the opening and added, "I think there's a good chance", when asked about whether he would accept the job. He coached Oakland from 1998 to 2001 and has been working as an ESPN analyst as of late. Gruden holds an all-time mark of 95-81 over 11 seasons with the Raiders and the Bucs and is 5-4 in the playoffs.
Per ESPN's Jim Trotter, the Raiders complied by interviewing tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and "an unidentified college coach" earlier this week.
"We believe the Rooney Rule was complied with". He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.