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Raiders offer Jon Gruden ownership stake

The Oakland Raiders have offered Gruden a deal to become the head coach, which could include an ownership stake.


Kahron Spearman


ESPN's Adam Schefter and Christ Mortensen report that the Oakland Raiders are planning to make a move on acquiring ESPN analyst Jon Gruden "with an offer so strong it could even include an ownership stake in the team, according to league sources."

They said that Gruden would likely be interested, but is waiting on how the current head coach Jack DelRio's tenuous situation shakes out.

I don't want to sit here and speculate. ... There is no news to report. I can't say I haven't taken any phone calls. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. ... Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. I'm here to help people.

Jon Gruden
ESPN/Monday Night Football analyst

Schefter and Mortensen even listed strong reasons why Gruden would be interested:

"He would return to an organization he didn't want to leave in 2001; he would inherit a young quarterback inDerek Carrwhom he feels strongly about; and he would get to coach a team that is slated to move in 2020 to Las Vegas, where he would not have to pay state income tax. Gruden's contract even could be backloaded to pay him more in the Nevada years of the deal and lessen his tax burden during his years in California."

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