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Raiders plan to introduce Jon Gruden as new coach Tuesday

The Oakland Raiders are planning to introduce Jon Gruden as their next head coach during a news conference Tuesday, according to multiple reports Friday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport both confirmed the Raiders are calling a “significant” press conference for Tuesday. The date of the official announcement was first reported by RaidersSnakepit.com.

The Raiders are giving Gruden a 10-year contract, the longest coaching deal in NFL history, sources told Schefter, and the deal is likely to be worth about $100 million.

Gruden, who coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 and has been working as an ESPN analyst, was the leading candidate to return to Oakland even before the team fired head coach Jack Del Rio after last Sunday’s season finale.

The NFL confirmed Friday that the Raiders have complied with the Rooney Rule in their coaching search.

“We believe the Rooney Rule was complied with. Minority candidates were interviewed,” NFL executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said during a conference call. “We’ll see what decision they make.”

Gruden, who is expected to officially interview with the team on Monday, compiled a 95-81 record during his first run as an NFL head coach from 1998-2008.

After coaching the Raiders for four seasons, Gruden guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first and only Super Bowl title during the 2002 season. He won five divisional titles during his 11 combined seasons with the Raiders and Bucs.

Gruden has served as a color commentator for the ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcasts since 2009.

The Raiders fired Del Rio after four consecutive losses to complete a 6-10 record. Del Rio went 12-4 with the Raiders in 2016, ending a 14-year playoff drought, and signed a contract extension before the 2017 season.

Gruden told ESPN Radio on Wednesday that there was a “good chance” he would be coach of the Raiders if owner Mark Davis offers him the job.

However, Gruden shot down speculation hatched by ESPN’s original report on the Raiders’ interest that Davis was planning to include an ownership stake in the franchise. Oakland is scheduled to move to Las Vegas as soon as 2019.

Davis and Gruden have remained friendly since Gruden’s previous stint as head coach in Oakland ended in 2001. The Raiders traded Gruden to the Buccaneers in February, and then Gruden guided his new team to a Super Bowl victory over the Raiders.

Gruden said Tuesday he understood the Raiders were going through the process of interviewing candidates but did not confirm he was on that list.

“My understanding is they’re interviewing candidates this week,” Gruden said, “and they’re going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision.”

–Field Level Media

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