The Raiders Are Prepared To Dump Out Their Wallets For Jon Gruden

The Raiders Are Prepared To Dump Out Their Wallets For Jon Gruden

The Raiders Are Prepared To Dump Out Their Wallets For Jon Gruden

The Oakland Raiders are reportedly preparing to pursue Jon Gruden with an offer so strong it could even include an ownership stake in the team, according to ESPN.

It appears it's not merely a pipe dream for the Raiders to persuade Gruden to re-join the head coaching ranks, as the report mentions that Gruden will be tempted to accept the offer, but would choose to wait until the end of the 2017 season to make his decision.

Gruden coached Gannon for three seasons with the Raiders, and the former quarterback won the NFL MVP award the year after Gruden left to take a job with the Bucs.

ESPN reports that the Raiders potential offer to Gruden could include an ownership stake in the team, which would complicate matters as that provision would have to be approved by National Football League owners.

The Jack Del Rio-led Raiders looked like they were on the rise after making the playoffs last season. But Schefter reported on Friday that Dirk Koetter would be returning as head coach for the Bucs in 2018, which would obviously mean Gruden isn't going there.

When asked, Gruden would not comment specifically about the Oakland Raiders, saying he would rather not speculate because there is not any news at this time to report. "I can't say I haven't taken any phone calls". Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. "Im here to help people". Gruden was in the booth for his final Monday Night Football game of the season last week in Philadelphia, when the Eagles hosted Davis' Raiders.

So much in fact that they're willing to make it rain loads of dollars to bring him back.

Now in the market for a new head coach, the Raiders figure to be focused on finding a boss who can maximize the deep pool of talent they've collected on that side of the ball over the past few years.

As he has done previously, Gruden has started to assemble a possible staff, calling assistant coaches around the NFL.

ESPN reported the Raiders interest in the ESPN analyst Sunday morning.

Under Del Rio, the Raiders went 7-9, 12-4 and then slumped to 6-10.

Gannon never has coached; he went straight to broadcasting upon his retirement. Gruden and Jack Del Rio actually share the same agent - talk about awkward - and there's a good chance Gruden doesn't want to talk about the job unless Del Rio is 100 percent out of the picture.

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