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Raiders Preparing Full Court Press For Jon Gruden

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The Oakland Raiders are looking to make a strong offer to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden for a return to the sidelines.

According to a report from ESPN, the Raiders are preparing a offer so strong it could even include an ownership stake in the team.

Gruden coached the Raiders back in the early 2000s and, according to the report, Gruden will be tempted to accept it but would prefer not to make any decisions until the regular season finishes Sunday.

Oakland still have head coach Jack Del Rio at the helm, who signed a contract extension last summer.

Gruden’s contract even could be backloaded to pay him more in the Nevada years of the deal and lessen his tax burden during his years in California, but the contract could find it challenging when going for approval.

Owners might not be so quick to approve the deal, due to complexities of the ownership perk, because they wouldn’t want to establish a precedent. Additionally, Gruden would have to be vetted by the NFL’s finance committee.

“I don’t want to sit here and speculate. … There is no news to report,” Gruden said Saturday. “I can’t say I haven’t taken any phone calls. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. … Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. I’m here to help people.”

While the rumors of Gruden’s return to coaching are nothing new in recent years, this year seems a bit more realistic.

 

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Dolphins, Reshad Jones Likely Parting Ways

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The Miami Dolphins and safety Reshad Jones are likely heading to a divorce, according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero.

Jones, 31, skipped voluntary workouts and the Dolphins seem to be heading to a parting of ways.

The Dolphins have a younger option to play at safety in Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Jones has expressed his unhappiness, in-game, as recent as last season when he took 10 snaps off against the New York Jets.

Miami is likely shopping Jones, who is still productive, but no longer the elite safety he has been in his Pro Bowl years.

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Patriots Sign Demaryius Thomas

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The New England Patriots bolstered their rather thin wide receiver corps by signing veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Thomas’ new deal is a one-year pact worth up to $6 million.

Thomas split last season between the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos, who he spent his entire career with prior to his trade to Houston.

Overall, Thomas hauled in 59 receptions for 677 yards and 6 scores in 2018.

Thomas tore his Achilles in December, making his status uncertain at this time.

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Chargers, Travis Benjamin Agree to Contract Extension

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The Los Angeles Charges and wide receiver Travis Benjamin have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Benjamin’s new deal includes a $3 million signing bonus and lowers his base salary from $5.35 million to $1 million.

Bejamin, 29, posted 12 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown in limited playing time last season for the Chargers.

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