Jon Gruden expected to become new head coach of Raiders

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Carson Calif

Rapoport added that Gruden was assembling a coaching staff in anticipation of returning to coaching, one that includes his former QB, Rich Gannon.

The Oakland Raiders are planning on offering Jon Gruden to become the team's next head coach, according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Additionally, per the report Mark Davis has offered Gruden an ownership stake previously, which could potentially come into play again.

Del Rio signed a four-year contract extension through 2020 last offseason on the heels of a 12-4 campaign.

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Jon Gruden coached in Oakland for four good years, leading the Raiders to four consecutive.500-or-better seasons, including two playoff appearances and an AFC Championship. "There is no news to report", Gruden told the network Saturday. It seems all that needs to happen before Gruden's hiring is made official is the satisfaction of the Rooney rule and Gruden calling the National Football League playoff game for ESPN this coming weekend. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.

Gruden, who has been out of coaching since being fired after the Bucs collapsed down the stretch of the 2008 season, has been the color analyst on "Monday Night Football" broadcasts since 2009.

An ownership source said owners might not be so quick to approve the deal, because they wouldn't want to establish a precedent.

"My understanding is they're interviewing candidates this week and they're going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision", Gruden said, per Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News. From the announcement that the team would be relocating to Las Vegas, to first round pick Gareon Conley's legal issues, Donald Penn's holdout, letting Bill Musgrave go and handing a powerful offense to a rookie offensive coordinator in Todd Downing, and Derek Carr's broken back, there certainly were enough distractions to overcome. He has been out of coaching since 2009, when he was sacked after seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including a Super Bowl title in 2002.

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