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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