A day after multiple sources reported that the Raiders next Tuesday plan to announce the hiring of Jon Gruden as coach, the "Monday Night Football" broadcaster called what could be his last game for ESPN before he takes the helm in Oakland.
Fellow Oakland coach Steve Kerr said he was thrilled for Gruden, but also noted that it was a lot more than he is making.
"But I know you are looking forward to getting back to coaching". Vermeil then launched a successful broadcast career before finally going back to the sidelines in 1997 with the Rams. "Great legacy on 'Monday Night Football, ' not only have you lived up to it, you enhanced it with your performance here".
While the Raiders are widely expected to name Gruden their next head coach as early as next week, neither Gruden nor the team has confirmed those reports.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders are expected to offer him a 10-year contract, the longest coaching deal in National Football League history, which will reportedly be worth more than $100 million. If the Raiders can fix their defense they will be a very scary team.
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15 years after the franchise traded him to the Tampa Bay Bucs following the 2001 season, he returns to the Black Hole.
But there has been mostly a run of losing seasons under nine coaches as only the Cleveland Browns had lost more games during Gruden's 16-year absence than the Raiders. Those coaches combined for a.359 winning percentage (92-164) and two playoff appearances. "Welcome home Gruden! Go Raiders!"
"I want to thank Ted for his tireless efforts as the general manager of the Green Bay Packers for these past 13 seasons", Packers president Mark Murphy said.
Gruden reportedly is set to strike a deal for 10 years and $100 million to be the Raiders' next head coach, ESPN reported Friday.