Gruden had said earlier Saturday during a national broadcast of the AFC wild-card game between the Titans and Chiefs in Kansas City that nothing was official.

Gruden's 10-year, $100 million contract is the richest in National Football League coaching history and matches Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson (both with the Cowboys) for the longest, the Times reported.

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It had been reported from a number of media outlets that Gruden would return as coach and receive a formal introduction Tuesday during a news conference. Good luck with the Oakland Raiders. "We congratulate you as you head back to the sideline with the Raiders".

15 years after the franchise traded him to the Tampa Bay Bucs following the 2001 season, he returns to the Black Hole.

The Raiders fired Del Rio last week after the conclusion of a 6-10 season. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. You might be familiar with "Gruden's QB Camp", which was as segment on ESPN where Gruden would interview college quarterbacks entering the NFL Draft. Great legacy on Monday Night Football.

Gruden was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1963 and grew up as the son of Jim Gruden, a professional football regional scout, who also served as a running backs coach and director of player personnel on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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