Adam Schefter is reporting that the Oakland Raiders appear very interested in Jon Gruden.
Jon Gruden hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2008, but every offseason, he’s one of the most-talked candidates for vacant jobs. This year alone, he’s been seemingly in play for Tennessee football, the Tampa Bay Bucs, and now, the Oakland Raiders.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting Saturday night that the Raiders are set to make a significant offer to Gruden – one that could include partial ownership of the team.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2017
For those wondering, no, the Raiders have not fired current head coach Jack Del Rio. Here’s more on why Gruden might pull the trigger this time, via ESPN:
But Oakland long has appealed to Gruden for a variety of reasons. He would return to an organization he didn’t want to leave in 2001, he would inherit a young quarterback in Derek Carr whom he feels strongly about, and he would get to coach a team that is slated to move in 2020 to Las Vegas, where he would not have to pay state tax, as he does now in Florida, where he currently lives. Gruden’s contract even could be backloaded to pay him more in the Nevada years and lessen his tax burden during the Oakland ones.
Gruden has coached the Raiders before, from 1998-2001, finishing with a 38-26 record. Overall, he has a 95-81 record, a 5-4 mark in the postseason and a Super Bowl title – won with the Bucs.