Additionally, per the report Mark Davis has offered Gruden an ownership stake previously, which could potentially come into play again.
But this time, Gruden would be given enough power in Oakland to be able to reshape the front office, coaching staff and entire organization, though there still are some holdovers from when he coached there.
That connection alone mandates the application of skepticism to any aspect of the report that seems self-serving to Gruden, including the eye-rolling notion that he prefers to wait to make a decision until after the regular season ends and the Raiders decide whether to keep coach Jack Del Rio. Asked about [current Raiders coach Jack] Del Rio's job status.
The sentimental pull of hiring Gruden is obvious.
We've been making the case for weeks for the Raiders making a run at Gruden.
Gruden would be returning to a place he has history, as he served as the head coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. In that sense, he'd be a good fit with Derek Carr, who has regressed in 2017.
Gruden's name was connected often this year to the head job at the University of Tennessee, where fans have always been fixated on him. "This is insane", Gruden said in a phone interview.
But it might be a different home that Gruden goes back to next season. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others.
The report mentions potential complications, including the fact that a contract including an ownership stake would have to be approved by all 32 owners, and that Gruden and Del Rio share an agent.
"The owner", one source said about Davis, "has an affinity for him".
Tennessee fans, you might want to sit down for this. "Im here to help people".
The Worldwide Leader cited league sources on Saturday night that said the Monday Night Football broadcaster and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach will be tempted to accept the offer.