ESPN reported that Gruden would receive a 10-year deal that will be the longest coaching contract in NFL history and could be worth close to $100 million U.S., which would make him the highest-paid coach in league history.
Many coaches and National Football League people close to Gruden were convinced by Thanksgiving that Gruden, who has toyed with putting together coaching staffs in the past, was actually intent on doing it, and with both of his former head-coaching franchises (Oakland and Tampa Bay) mulling coaching changes, the odds were greater than ever of a return.
Jon Gruden is returning to the Oakland Raiders, according to multiple reports. Gruden has already started putting together a staff with Cincinnati defensive co-ordinator Paul Guenther among those expected to join.
ESPN reported that Davis was in hot pursuit for Gruden with a persuasive offer that included an ownership stake in the Raiders. He is scheduled to work his final game Saturday in Kansas City when the Chiefs take on the Tennessee Titans in a playoff game.
He amassed a 57-55 record in seven seasons as Tampa Bay's coach.
Steve Corkran of RaidersSnakePit.com first reported the news.
With the Bucs, Gruden made the playoffs on three occasions and won a Super Bowl over the Raiders in his first year. He has a 95-81 career record. "We'll see what decision they make".
This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint.