Monday, October 22, 2018

Reports: Raiders to give Jon Gruden 10 years, $100 million

Jon Gruden is coming back to the NFL, and the Oakland Raiders are paying a Las Vegas jackpot to get him.

The former Bucs coach — who guided Tampa Bay to its only Super Bowl championship after the 2002 season — will be reportedly introduced Tuesday as the Raiders' head coach, reportedly for a 10-year contract worth about $100 million, both new highs for an NFL coach.

Gruden, 54, has expressed an interest in returning to the sidelines despite a great job on ESPN's Monday Night Football. With the Raiders, he'll make considerably more than his $6.5 million, with a contract twice as long as most new head coaches.

Gruden went 95-81 in his 11 years as a head coach, including a 57-55 mark in seven years with the Bucs from 2002-08. He was inducted into the Bucs' Ring of Honor last month, joining John McKay as the only coaches honored there.

His return will be one of the NFL's biggest story lines for 2018, which helps Oakland during another lame-duck season before the franchise moves to Las Vegas in 2020. The Raiders, by the way, will play host to the Bucs in 2020 as part of their first season in their new home, with Gruden facing the other team he coached.