The Oakland Raiders will reportedly announce their next head coach on Tuesday, just over a week after firing Jack Del Rio, according to Steve Corkran.
Breaking: Jon Gruden will be introduced as the #Raiders head coach Tuesday, in a "splashy" news conference, I was informed by a team source.
— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) January 5, 2018
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media confirmed the news shortly after, also stating that he’ll have his formal “interview” on Monday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 5, 2018
It was previously reported that Raiders owner Mark Davis was offering some ownership of the team, but now it appears he’s just offering an unprecedented amount of money. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Gruden will get a 10-year contract, worth about $100 million.
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
It will be just one day after the 20-year anniversary “Chucky”, as he’s affectionately called by Raider Nation, was first introduced as the Raiders head coach in 1998. He last coached for the Silver & Black when the Raiders lost to the New England Patriots in the infamous “Tuck Rule Game”, and was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shortly after. He beat the Raiders in the 2002 Super Bowl the very next year
In all, Gruden has compiled a 95-and-81 record during his first run as the Raiders and Bucs coach from 1998-2008. Since then, Gruden has served as an analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Gruden will be inheriting a Raiders team that struggled, finishing with a highly-disappointing 6-and-10 record after going 12-4 in 2016.
The hire is largely expected to help right the ship of franchise quarterback Derek Carr, who had a disappointing season after competing for MVP in 2016. Carr threw for 3,496 yards and just 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this year.