Raiders enter offseason waiting for news on Gruden

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"It's simple, you don't make that move with Jack Del Rio unless you know you can get Jon Gruden", Schefter said on ESPN. "I've known him for a while".

ESPN reported Saturday night that the Oakland Raiders are preparing to woo National Football League analyst Jon Gruden back to the sidelines with a lucrative deal that could even make him a part-owner of the team.

Jon Gruden might return to coaching soon. After leading the Raiders to a 13-3 record last season, Del Rio signed an extension. Del Rio then had an awkward and emotional post game press conference with the media where he addressed his dismissal. After ranking top 10 offensively in points and yards last season, they are 23rd and 19th, respectively, this year.

Gruden also spent four seasons as head coach of the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, before they traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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In a phone conversation with Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, Gruden admitted that he is being considered as a candidate for the Raiders job.

Davis has always been intrigued about a second stint with Gruden but it seemed unlikely the franchise would be in for another change heading into this season.

Still, Gruden has reportedly already started lining up a coaching staff. Del Rio said his first two years were great, while this year was a great disappointment. The Raiders won just 13 games in the three seasons before he arrived. In his first season in Tampa, Gruden got his revenge as he led the Bucs to a 12-4 regular season and crushed the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21. This time, it feels real, as he could the Raiders' next head coach in the coming days.

Several players said they know Gruden, who was in the booth for the Raiders' Christmas night loss to the Eagles, more for his work on "Monday Night Football".

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