The Oakland Raiders are expected to bring back one-time head coach Jon Gruden, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
News of Gruden’s path back to the sidelines of the NFL, and the Oakland Raiders, broke over the weekend, but now it seems like a foregone conclusion that Gruden will make a return to head coaching.
ESPN reported Saturday that Raiders owner Mark Davis was prepared to pursue Gruden with a strong offer that could include an ownership stake in the team, although there will be some hurdles to clear in order for that offer to be presented.
The Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio after Sunday’s game.
“I know him,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said Sunday when asked about Jon Gruden. “I’ve known him for a while. But it’s still pretty fresh (with Del Rio being fired).”
“Today was kind of a microcosm of our season,” Del Rio said Sunday of the end of the season for the team. “The opportunities and lack of production really not good enough, really disappointing.”
“He told me he loved me and appreciated all I did to get this program going in the right direction, but that he felt the need to change,” Del Rio said. “I told him how much I appreciated the opportunity he gave me; very grateful, my childhood team.
“But it’s a results business. I understand that.”
Del Rio went 25-23 in his three seasons with the Raiders.
“It hurts when something sucky happens to someone you care about. We weren’t good enough for him,” Carr said after their Week 17 game.
“We have to take our ownership as players and I think that’s where we’re at right now. We’re kind of angry that we let it get to that and we’re upset at ourselves. We understand the business part of it. But as players — I talked with Khalil Mack — our job is to come back better and hungry. We’ve been through some hard times together, and this is right up there with it.”
Ravens Signing Paul Worrilow
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.
Chargers’ Placing Derwin James On IR
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.
Patriots Not Interested in Trent Williams Trade
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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