The “Grumors” might just be for real this time.
Late last night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Oakland Raiders were getting set to make Jon Gruden the proverbial offer he can’t refuse to come and coach the team.
Among the perks the Raiders are said to be throwing at Gruden is a partial ownership stake in the team, which is unprecedented. Oakland still has a coach (Jack Del Rio) under contract, but owner Mark Davis is said to be smitten with Gruden, who coached the Raiders from 1998-2001.
Gruden has been linked to countless jobs in the past, including the Tennessee and Tampa Bay Buccaneers posts this year, and each time, nothing has come of it. However, this time might be different, according to Denver radio host Benjamin Allbright.
The #Raiders/Gruden thing is real.
This isn't like previous years where Gruden leveraged for a pay raise.
He is very genuinely interested.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) December 31, 2017
Gruden will be 55 next August and hasn’t coached since 2008, so if he really wants to get back into the business, now might be the time.
Gruden compiled an overall record of 95-81 in 11 seasons with the Raiders and Bucs, winning a title with Tampa Bay in 2002.