Former Bucs coach Gruden hired by Oakland Raiders, will earn $100 million

Oakland Raiders are set to bring back John Gruden as head coach in a record deal

ESPN reported the day before the Raiders' season finale that Mark Davis, the team's owner and the son of Al Davis, was prepared to make Gruden a lucrative offer.

The 54-year-old Gruden spent four seasons as Oakland's head coach from 1998 through 2001 before getting traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Speculation grew when the Tennessee Volunteers began their search for a head coach, and Gruden's former team in Tampa Bay had reportedly looked into hiring the Super Bowl-winning coach before retaining Dirk Koetter. However, prior to that he coached in Oakland for 4 seasons. Jon Gruden was hired in 2009 to serve as a commentator on ESPN's "Monday Night Football". Gruden has already started putting together a staff with Cincinnati defensive co-ordinator Paul Guenther among those expected to join.

Appearing on ESPN's Golic and Wingo (h/t Ryan Wilson of on Wednesday, Gruden confirmed he has spoken with Raiders owner Mark Davis regarding the opening and added, "I think there's a good chance", when asked about whether he would accept the job. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year. He won the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers, beating the Raiders. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths.

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