Raiders Giving Jon Gruden Contract Worth Around $100 Million Over 10 Years

Erica Murray
January 6, 2018

ESPN is reporting the Oakland Raiders are calling a news conference for Tuesday at which time they will introduce Jon Gruden as the team's next head coach.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the organization will sign Gruden to a 10-year contract, the longest in National Football League history, that will be worth approximately $100 million dollars when it is made official on Tuesday.

Gruden will replace former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who was sacked Sunday after a disappointing six-win season. He was sacked by the Buccaneers following the 2008 season and has served as a color coordinator for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" ever since.

The date of the official announcement was first reported by It is believed that he will bring in well regarded Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther to run his defense. However, prior to that he coached in Oakland for 4 seasons. Speculation grew when the Tennessee Volunteers began their search for a head coach, and Gruden's former team in Tampa Bay had reportedly looked into hiring the Super Bowl-winning coach before retaining Dirk Koetter.

The last time Gruden coached the Raiders was January 19, 2002 against the New England Patriots.

Gruden beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers but didn't win another playoff game for Tampa Bay in his final six seasons. He coached the Raiders for four seasons from 1998-2001. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.

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