Jon Gruden’s name has been linked to almost every head coaching position since he left the NFL sidelines nearly a decade ago.
Gruden’s last gig in the NFL was as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and ended when he was fired in 2008.
Ever since then Gruden has thrived in his current role as an analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football but that hasn’t stopped the rumors from popping up time and time again.
And every time those rumors have popped up, Gruden has swiped them away.
“I’ve met with several people — I won’t deny that,” Gruden said in an interview with PewterReport.com.
“Just about every year I talk about coming back to coach. I’m not in here every day at 4:30 or 4:00 in the morning watching pinball, you know? I’m preparing myself to come back. I am. Every day. I’m preparing to come back.”
While ESPN has been a natural fit for Gruden his eyes have always been on the sidelines and returning to the NFL head coaching community.
“I love ESPN,” Gruden said. “I mean I love what I’m doing. I’m with a great team — a great group of guys. I’m still real close to the game. I still stay in contact with a lot of players and coaches at the league at every level. I don’t know if [all the talk] is flattering or irritating. I don’t really pay attention to a lot of it.
“But I am — every year — preparing myself to coach. Sometimes I show up at camp and I show up in the offseason and people let me coach. I jump in drills and they still let me install plays and call plays at some places.”
Here we go with the rumors….again.
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According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Janovich’s new deal will net him a signing bonus of $1.35 million and includes $3.22 million fully guaranteed, making him the league’s third highest paid fullback.
Janovich is certainly a fan favorite in Denver, and was scheduled to hit free agency this offseason prior to inking the new deal.
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Nelson inked a one-year deal with the Raiders this offseason, but the two-year veteran was cut so the team can make the necessary room for the addition of wider receiver Zay Jones.
Nelson was added in the hopes he would provide a viable speed threat in Oakland, but has yet to produce this season.
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Herndon collected 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Jets.
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