Raiders Research Project: Revisiting the infamous Jon Gruden trade

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The team announced the move Saturday as soon as Gruden finished his final broadcast as an announcer for ESPN.

"Well thank you", demurred Gruden, who is set to be introduced as the Raiders' head coach on Monday.

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

15 years after the franchise traded him to the Tampa Bay Bucs following the 2001 season, he returns to the Black Hole. Gruden left with a 40-28 record, including one appearance in the AFC title game.

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The Raiders fired Del Rio last week after the conclusion of a 6-10 season.

With Gruden's impending return to the Silver & Black sidelines, it seems like the flawless time to take a look back at one of the most famous (infamous?) trades in Raiders history. He bounced around for a few more years before being hired Raiders owner Al Davis as the Head Coach in 1998. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. Shell's firing came after one year, and after the Raiders ended the season 2-14.

"There's a great legacy on 'Monday Night Football, ' " McDonough said. 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. When Jon Gruden returns to the Raiders as head coach, he will be bringing along Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator.

Gruden's contract extension with ESPN is through 2021, however, he was given a warm send-off from the sports broadcasting company.

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