As expected, the Oakland Raiders are planning to introduce Jon Gruden as the franchise’s next head coach.
On Friday afternoon, reports surfaced that the Raiders are planning a “splashy” press conference next Tuesday in order to re-introduce Gruden to the media.
The news comes after the NFL released a brief statement saying they believe the Raiders complied with the “Rooney Rule.”
“We believe the Rooney Rule was complied with. Minority candidates were interviewed,” NFL executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said. “We’ll see what decision they make.”
Now, news comes of the huge salary Gruden will receive when he returns to the sideline.
According to multiple reports, the Raiders have offered Gruden a whopping ten-year contract that is expected to exceed $100 million.
That’s a lot of money for a head coach who went just 22-26 in his last three seasons a decade ago.
But the Raiders wanted to make a splash, and with the team set to relocate to Las Vegas in the near future, it is a move that will generate buzz and excitement around the franchise as they settle into their new home.
Raiders are giving new head coach Jon Gruden a 10-year contract, the longest coaching deal in NFL history, sources tell ESPN. The deal is likely to be worth about $100 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2018
Gruden previously coached Oakland from 1998 to 2001 before taking over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-2008. During his time in Tampa Bay, Gruden was able to win a Super Bowl, while earning a Buccaneers franchise record of 57 career wins.
The 54 year old holds an overall head coaching record of 100-85.
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