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Report: Buccaneers Expected To Make "Serious Run" At Jon Gruden

An interior view of the Tampa bay Buccaneers stadium.

Raymond James Stadium scoreboard and pirate ship as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Baltimore Ravens September 10, 2006 in Tampa. The Ravens defeated the Bucs 27 - 0. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Will Jon Gruden return to the sideline?

Entering the 2017 season Tampa Bay was expected to make a serious run at a playoff spot in the NFC. However, after Week 15 the Buccaneers sit at just 4-10 on the season, putting head coach Dirk Koetter on the hot seat.

Who might take over if Koetter is in fact fired from the Bucs job?

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, former Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden is the top priority for the Buccaneers.

I continue to hear from wired-in NFL people who are convinced Tampa's going to make a serious run at bringing back Jon Gruden to replace Dirk Koetter. Gruden, 54, is a white whale in every NFL coaching cycle.

It'd take a mammoth contract to make him think about leaving the broadcast booth. But the word is Gruden is more inclined than ever to consider it, and there are reasons to think the team that fired him nine years ago makes a lot of sense.

Gruden was inducted in the team's ring of honor recently and many believe he would be able to get the most out of quarterback Jameis Winston.

The Bucs will have to impress Gruden with a hefty salary, one that is sweet enough to pull him out of the broadcast booth.