January 7, 2018 / 6:53 AM / 5 months ago

Gruden returns as Raiders' head coach

(Reuters) - Jon Gruden will return as the Oakland Raiders’ head coach, bringing the longtime broadcaster out of the booth and back onto the sidelines.

File Photo: Jon Gruden stands on the field in Michigan November, 23, 2008. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

The announcement was made about an hour after Gruden had finished working as an analyst at the NFL wild-card game between Tennessee and Kansas City on Saturday.

He will be introduced by the Raiders at a media conference on Tuesday and replaces Jack Del Rio, who was sacked on Dec. 31. [nL4N1OV07D]

The Mercury News said the 54-year-old Gruden had signed the richest coaching contract in the NFL, with the agreement worth $100 million over 10 years.

Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and capturing Super Bowl XXXVII. He has a career coaching record of 95-81.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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