Raiders to give Gruden longest contract in history

Jon Gruden

Gruden, now the color commentator on ESPN's "Monday Night Football", will be officially introduced as Oakland's new head coach on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. 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. He was 95-81 over 11 seasons with Oakland and Tampa Bay, winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers.

Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, compiling a 38-26 record. He was sent to the Buccaneers in a rare trade of an National Football League coach by late Raiders owner Al Davis.

The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio as their coach last Sunday, just after completing a 6-10 season.

The 54-year-old native of Sandusky, OH has been out of the coaching ranks since the conclusion of the 2008 season.

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. It is believed that he will bring in well regarded Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther to run his defense.

Raiders owner Mark Davis is also expected to sign four-year deals with top assistants, according to the reports, that will keep them in place as the club prepares for a move to Las Vegas after the 2018 season.

The NFL on Friday said the Raiders have complied with the Rooney Rule in their coaching search.

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