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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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Ravens Signing Paul Worrilow

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The Baltimore Ravens are signing veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow pending a physical, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

Worrilow, 29, is expected to provide depth for the Ravens linebacker corps, and was recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Worrilow missed the 2018 season due to injury, and health concerns led to his recent cut from the Eagles.

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Chargers’ Placing Derwin James On IR

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The Los Angeles Chargers will place safety Derwin James on IR prior to Week 1 of the regular season, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

James underwent foot surgery on Thursday and there is currently not a timeline for his return to the field.

James suffered a stress fracture and is expected to need about 3 months worth of recovery time.

With the move to the injure reserve list, James is now eligible to return in Week 9, but may need more time than that.

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Patriots Not Interested in Trent Williams Trade

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The New England Patriots are not interested in a trade for Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The Patriots have been tied to Williams since rumors started swirling that the Redskins were looking to trade the disgruntled Williams, who is currently staging a hold out.

There were rumors that the Pats were willing to trade a first rounder for Williams, but the Redskins turned it down.

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