Jon Gruden reached out to Rich Gannon as potential QB coach

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Sure, he's been watching film for years while preparing for Monday Night Football, but it's an "apples to oranges" situation. The ESPN report said that Gruden will be "tempted to accept", the offer from the Raiders, but will not make any decisions before Oakland determines whether Jack Del Rio will return as head coach in 2018.

The Del Rio firing comes on the heels of reports that Raiders owner Mark Davis is willing to offer Jon Gruden the head coaching position.

The deal is expected to be hard to turn down and could include an ownership stake in the team.

Sources have said Gruden has made calls to coaches around the National Football League in an attempt to put together his staff, although he has done the same in prior years but never followed through with an of the different opportunities that were presented to him. That move is scheduled for 2020.

"I dont want to sit here and speculate", Gruden told the network he works for. I cant say I havent taken any phone calls. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.

An ownership source said owners might not be so quick to approve the deal, because they wouldn't want to establish a precedent. "I'm here to help people", Gruden said.

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We've been making the case for weeks for the Raiders making a run at Gruden. "I was supposed to be going to Tampa last week. I've got nothing to report". He declined to specifically comment about the Raiders.

If Gruden did end up back in Oakland, then he'd be given the power to transform the entire organization, including the front office and coaching staff, per the report.

The Raiders are interested in bringing back Jon Gruden, who they traded to the Bucs after 2001 season. The package featured 2002 and 2003 first-round picks, 2002 and 2004 second-draft choices and cash.

The Raiders do now have a coach who received a contract extension last season. Its 0-15 going into todays finale in Pittsburgh.

Gannon, whose playing career reached a new level when he joined Gruden, became the NFL's MVP in the year Gruden left for the Bucs. But if Davis is genuinely intent on make a change at head coach, he would be better served to snatch up a current offensive-minded and progressive coach such as Patriots OC Josh McDaniels given QB Derek Carr's recent regression.

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