By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Oakland Raiders have officially hired Jon Gruden has Head Coach. He is receiving a 10-year, $100 million deal to return to coaching.
His final assignment with ESPN came in the AFC Wild Card round game, as the Tennessee Titans defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 22-21, on Saturday afternoon. Gruden will be officially introduced as the Raiders Head Coach on Tuesday.
Gruden replaces Jack Del Rio, who was fired by the team following the season finale. A report surfaced, which we reported on, that suggested Gruden would be the next head coach of the Raiders — even before Del Rio was fired.
The 54-year-old Gruden is leaving behind his cozy $6.5 million a year contract with Monday Night Football to return to the sidelines. He has not coached since the 2008 season.
Gruden was the Raiders Head Coach from 1998 to 2001. He was then traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a rare NFL trade foe a Head Coach, where he coached from 2002 through 2008.
Gruden won the Super Bowl over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, California. He had just three winning seasons in the next six years since the Super Bowl win.
He was 57-55 in his tenure with the Buccaneers. His last two seasons, the team went 18-14.
As the Raiders Head Coach in his first stint, he was 38-26. His best season with the team came in 2000 when they went 12-4.
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