Raiders make it official: Jon Gruden is their new coach

Rachel Hardy
January 8, 2018

Nothing's official, sure. But ESPN and plenty of other media outlets elsewhere are reporting Gruden, who has been on the air for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcasts for nine years, has accepted a 10-year contract worth $100 million to coach the Raiders as the franchise moves from Oakland to Las Vegas.

Gruden spent his first four seasons as a head coach with Oakland, posting a 38-26 record from 1998-2001 and guiding the team to a pair of playoff berths, including the AFC Championship game in his last two seasons.

Gruden's $100 million contract with the Raiders is the largest in National Football League history. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons.

Gruden replaces Jack Del Rio, who left the Raiders on December 31 after three years.

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McDonough signed off by bidding farewell to Gruden and wishing him luck with the Raiders.

The Raiders traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won a Super Bowl in his first season in February 2003. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The Raiders were in need of a coach after they chose to part ways with Jack Del Rio.

After his firing from Tampa Bay, Gruden's Fired Football Coaches Association became a think-tank for coaches no longer ont he sidelines. While the quality of the Monday Night games for ESPN hasn't been that great, folks have tuned in to hear what a souring relationship sounded like in real time. It won't happen Saturday, because Gruden has obligations with his current employer, ESPN, and it won't be Monday because that's when he's expected to "interview" for his new gig.

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