Raiders Preparing To Make 'Strong Offer' To Jon Gruden

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According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Oakland's offer to Gruden will include an ownership stake in the team.

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported it's a "coin flip" as to whether the Raiders will fire head coach Jack Del Rio at the end of the 2017 season.

Gruden was hired by Al Davis to coach the Raiders from 1998 through 2001, posting records of 8-8, 8-8, 12-4 and 11-5.

The elephant in the room is that the Raiders now have a head coach in Jack Del Rio.

Gruden is reportedly high on quarterback Derek Carr, and would not have to pay state tax on his contract after the Raiders move to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gruden's name was connected often this year to the head job at the University of Tennessee, where fans have always been fixated on him.

But this time, Gruden would be given enough power in Oakland to be able to reshape the front office, coaching staff and entire organization, though there still are some holdovers from when he coached there.

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Jon Gruden hasn't coached in the National Football League since 2008, but every offseason, he's one of the most-talked candidates for vacant jobs.

Gruden last commented on the situation three weeks ago, at a Tampa-area press event that, coincidentally, a handful of reporters covering the team were told about.

Even if Gruden's deal is not approved because of the ownership condition, his contract could be negotiated in a way that would pay him a commensurate amount if fellow owners or the finance committee did not approve the deal.

Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.

He now serves as the color commentator during the Monday Night Football telecast, a job he has insisted he is happy in.

Jon Gruden reacted with a chuckle when asked about a report Saturday night the Raiders would make a serious offer in hopes that he would return as head coach. "I'm here to help people".

But this year does seem to be different.

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