Raiders pursuing Jon Gruden with offer of potential ownership stake

Oct 15 2017 Oakland CA USA Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is defended by Oakland Raiders linebacker Nicholas Morrow during an NFL game at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 17-14. Mandatory C

While it's hard to take the #Grumors seriously these days, sources have told Schefter and Mortensen that Gruden will actually be "tempted to accept" the Raiders' offer. I cant say I havent taken any phone calls.

During a 6-10 finish in 2017 that resulted in a third-place finish in the AFC West, the Raiders struggled under offensive coordinator Todd Downing, fueled by a mediocre passing attack and a ground game that lingered near the bottom of the National Football League rankings all season despite the Raiders' big-money commitments to offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele, Gabe Jackson and Donald Penn. But this Oakland team regressed badly in 2017, which led to a 6-10 record.

So, it's natural to remain skeptical about Gruden leaving ESPN, but this Raiders rumor is certainly an interesting one.

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Gruden will be 55 next August and hasn't coached since 2008, so if he really wants to get back into the business, now might be the time. Del Rio is a defensive-minded head coach. I take a lot from coaches, some others, yeah, sometimes owners.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was given an extension after the 2016 season that was believed to pay him at least $5 million per season over the next four seasons. Unlike that debacle we all saw go down with the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC, this linking to Gruden back with the Silver and Black could have some teeth to it. Following the Super Bowl run of his first season in charge, the Bucs never won another playoff game under Gruden. He met with the Colts last year and has been pursued by the Raiders in other years. Gruden's contract even could be backloaded to pay him more in the Nevada years of the deal and lessen his tax burden during the California years. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. But owner Mark Davis was non-committal when asked about his current coach Jack Del Rio's future, per NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said.

Though he doesn't have coaching experience, it's hard to overlook the personal connection he has with Gruden. And it's easy to understand why he keeps going back to ESPN. Rightfully so, as there hasn't been a sexier head coaching candidate in the last few years than Gruden - a Super Bowl victor with a throwback personality that fans gravitate towards.

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