The Oakland Raiders will pursue Jon Gruden, the former National Football League head coach and current ESPN analyst, with an offer to return to coaching that may even include ownership in the team, said several media reports on Saturday.
"The owner", one source said about Davis, "has an affinity for him".
Gruden led the Bucs to the 2002 Super Bowl, defeating the Raiders a season after he was traded from Oakland to Tampa Bay following the Bucs' decision to fire Tony Dungy. Even though he signed a four-year extension last offseason, the Raiders have fallen below.500 in 2017. The Raiders were a popular preseason pick to be a contender in the AFC, but have fallen to 6-9.
Those reports indicate Gruden could receive $10 million in salary and an ownership stake.
Indeed, hiring Gruden would feel like a panic move for a team that won 12 games just one season ago and isn't that far off from a return to prominence if the proper steps are taken with the roster and assistant coaching staff.
Gruden, 54, has been reluctant to return to the NFL in part because of his high-paying job with ESPN on Monday Night Football and because he has been vocal in his distaste for NFLPA-mandated restrictions on practice and training time.
ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported the Raiders will pursue Gruden, who won't be headed to Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers committed to Dirk Koetter for at least on more season. Rapoport would add that Davis and the Raiders have tried to bring Gruden back before, albeit unsuccessfully. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. Imagine going up to your girlfriend of three years and saying, "I'm going to propose to this other girl I dated from 1999 to 2001 and if she says no, then I'll probably propose to you". But again, Gruden has not coached since 2008. Gruden and Jack Del Rio actually share the same agent - talk about awkward - and there's a good chance Gruden doesn't want to talk about the job unless Del Rio is 100 percent out of the picture.
Gannon never has coached; he went straight to broadcasting upon his retirement.