Raiders Rumors & News

  • New Raiders DC explains what attracted him to joining Jon Gruden

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Paul Guenther and Jay Gruden are great friends. The bond formed in Cincinnati, when both guys were Bengals assistants. Jay Gruden moved on to Washington, and has been that club’s head coach since 2014. Last year, Jay Gruden tried to bring Guenther with him. The Bengals, however, wouldn’t let..." January 21

  • Could Jon Gruden be targeting Colin Kaepernick?

    San Francisco Chronicle "Yes, I do believe Marquette King will give up his jersey number when Kaepernick comes aboard as the backup to Derek Carr. But the number on the jersey is not important. What is important is that the Raiders need an upgrade at backup quarterback, and Kaepernick is the best option, and he is a..." January 21

  • NFL offers reported explanation for Raiders’ Rooney Rule clearance

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL reportedly let the Oakland Raiders go free and clear on the Rooney Rule because of their interpretation of a contract offer that wasn’t. The league made clear Friday that, in their eyes, the Raiders did not violate the Rooney Rule during a hiring process that started and ended with Jon..." January 20

  • Bill Belichick calls Patrick Chung one of the best players in the NFL

    The Sports Daily "Patrick Chung has spent eight of his nine seasons in the NFL with the Patriots, and he has been a staple in the team’s secondary. His stats don’t jump off the page — Chung has recorded nine passes defensed and one interception — but the Patriots safety has a high football IQ, which helps..." January 20

  • Jon Gruden shares moment he knew he needed to return to coaching

    Yardbarker "Jon Gruden knows the moment he realized he wanted to get back into coaching. Gruden told Mike Florio on “PFT Live” this week that it was during his induction to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor that he realized how much he wanted to coach again. “You know, we had an event in Tampa,”..." January 20

  • Fritz Pollard Alliance strongly disagrees with NFL clearing Raiders on Rooney Rule

    Pro Football Talk "The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which has served as a watchdog for diversity in the NFL, has ripped the league for allowing the Raiders to get away with two Rooney Rule interviews that are widely regarded as shams. “We strongly disagree with the NFL’s conclusion that the Raiders did not violate the..." January 19

  • NFL confirms Raiders complied with Rooney Rule "After over a week of evaluation, the NFL concluded Friday that its review of the hiring of Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden complied with the Rooney Rule and that the club conducted bona fide interviews with minority candidates as part of its search process. The announcement comes one week..." January 19

  • 2018 Salary Cap Could Exceed $180M?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Jurecki recently spoke to a source who suggested that the 2018 NFL salary cap could end up exceeding $180 million once it’s finalized for the upcoming league year. Last we heard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported a month ago that the NFL distributed 2018 salary cap projections to teams..." January 19

  • NFL could reportedly force players to stay in locker room during anthem in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "Forcing players to stand for the national anthem has never really been an option for the NFL, but the league could still explore other means of preventing protests prior to the 2018 season. According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the NFL is considering implementing a policy that would require players..." January 18

  • Paul Guenther excited about potential of Gareon Conley, Obi Melifonwu

    Pro Football Talk "New Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther can’t wait to work with the team’s top-two picks from 2017. First, though, he has to get cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Obi Melifonwu back on the field. Conley missed all of training camp, the entire preseason and the season opener with a..." January 17

  • Will a Gruden-Lynch partnership work? ‘Guys like him interest me’

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Jon Gruden asked to speak with Marshawn Lynch several times but got turned down. His job title earned an automatic veto. The enigmatic running back doesn’t talk to the press, even a Monday Night Football analyst with Gruden’s street cred. No production meetings, no insight flowing outside the..." January 15

  • Tom Cable Returns to Raiders as Gruden's Offensive Line Coach

    NBC Bay Area "Jon Gruden isn't the only Raiders head coach returning to the Silver and Black. Tom Cable's on the way, albeit in a lesser role. Gruden already has the top job. Cable's coming back, NFL Network reported Saturday afternoon as offensive line coach. He occupied that role in Oakland from 2007..." January 13

  • NFL coach: Gruden deal may be 'dumbest thing' a team has done

    247 Sports "On the surface, a 10-year, $100 million deal for a head coach looks absolutely crazy. But, there are reasons why fans shouldn't be overly concerned about the Oakland Raiders giving Jon Gruden his megadeal. Obviously, the key one is that it doesn't impact the salary cap at all. Even still, to..." January 13

  • Raiders Hire Ex-49ers DC Jim O’Neil

    Pro Football Rumors "Jim O’Neil‘s next NFL coaching position will be in the Bay Area, just as his most recent one was. The Raiders are hiring the former 49ers defensive coordinator as a senior defensive assistant, Adam Caplan of reports (on Twitter). O’Neil will work with Oakland’s linebackers and..." January 12

  • Raiders reportedly interviewed Tee Martin for assistant coach job

    Larry Brown Sports "Tee Martin was supposedly one of the minority candidates who interviewed for the Oakland Raiders head coaching job. While that job belonged to Jon Gruden from the start, that does not mean Martin won’t be a part of the team’s future. Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that Martin..." January 12

  • Gruden has 'a bullseye on my chest,' plenty to prove in Raiders return

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Jon Gruden has star power, maybe more than any other NFL head coach. He can hock Coronas and Hooters wings with ease following a nine-year stint in the broadcast booth and a colorful stretch roaming the sidelines for Oakland and Tampa Bay. The spotlight will track the silver and black in his..." January 12

  • Raiders to hire Jemal Singleton as running backs coach

    Fanrag Sports "New Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is now in the process of putting together his coaching staff, and according to’s Ian Rapoport the running backs coach vacancy has been filled. Jemal Singleton, who served as running backs coach for the Indianapolis Colts the last two seasons, will..." January 11

  • Steve Young nixes idea of replacing Jon Gruden as 'Monday Night Football' analyst

    USA Today "Steve Young has been mentioned among the potential replacements for Jon Gruden in ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth, but the Hall of Fame quarterback apparently has little interest in the gig. The main reason why: Young said he could not manage the heavy travel and time commitment involved in..." January 11

  • NFL has no rule or policy regarding hiring a new coach before firing the old one

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has spoken. Sort of. In response to a question first posed last week regarding whether the league permits a team to reach an agreement in principle with a new coach before firing the current coach, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart tells PFT, “There is no league rule or policy on..." January 11

  • Oakland penalty needs to be severe if team violated Rooney Rule

    USA Today "One million dollars, plus the loss of a first-round draft pick. That’s the type of penalty Roger Goodell needs to be ready to levy on Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis for violating the Rooney Rule in luring Jon Gruden out of the Monday Night Football booth. OK, maybe that’s not harsh..." January 11

  • Rich Gannon won’t join Jon Gruden’s staff as quarterbacks coach

    Clutch Points "Jon Gruden and Rich Gannon combined to deliver two of the best seasons in recent memory for the Oakland Raiders. However, Gannon has passed up the chance to team up with his old head coach once again as turned down an offer to be Gruden’s quarterbacks coach. Gannon, who has spent the last 12..." January 11

  • Fritz Pollard Alliance calls on NFL to investigate Raiders for 'Rooney Rule' violation

    Sporting News "The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes diversity in NFL coaching and executive positions, released a statement Wednesday asking the NFL to investigate the Raiders for a possible "Rooney Rule" violation. The statement claims the Raiders agreed to terms with Jon Gruden before firing Jack..." January 11

  • Mark Davis acknowledges he got Jon Gruden first, fired Jack Del Rio only after

    Pro Football Talk "Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed what has been widely suspected: He got Jon Gruden to agree to become the next head coach of the Raiders first, then fired Jack Del Rio, then conducted the required Rooney Rule interviews. After his press conference yesterday, Davis spoke to a group of Oakland..." January 11

  • Gannon says he won't be Raiders QBs coach: 'I came to my senses'

    ESPN "Rich Gannon told 95.7 The Game that he spoke with new head coach Jon Gruden on Wednesday morning and declined an opportunity to be the Oakland Raiders' quarterbacks coach. Gannon played three seasons for Gruden during the coach's first stint with the Raiders, and he attended Gruden's..." January 10

  • Jerry Rice has a warning for Raiders players about Jon Gruden

    USA Today "The Oakland Raiders officially introduced Jon Gruden as the new head coach of the team Tuesday after Gruden signed a historic 10-year, 100-million dollar deal, and Gruden will soon return to coaching after a decade away from the sidelines. According to one of his former players, Hall of Famer..." January 10

  • Rich Gannon: Derek Carr will have to work harder under Gruden

    Larry Brown Sports "Jon Gruden is the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders, and that means expectations for the team will be raised. And when we say expectations, we’re not just talking about what the fans and media think the team will do; we’re also talking about accountability within the team. Rich Gannon, who..." January 10

  • Mark Davis reminds everyone there’s no salary cap for coaches

    Pro Football Talk "Once upon a time, teams aggressively relied upon the lack of a salary cap for coaches to justify spending as much as they wanted in order to attract the head coaches and assistant coaches they needed. At some point since the Buccaneers underscored the importance of a head coach by giving up two..." January 10

  • Davis 'probably' would have fired Del Rio even with better 2017

    247 Sports "It seemed as if a rough 2017 season wound up costing Jack Del Rio his head coaching job with the Oakland Raiders. Apparently, that wasn't exactly the case, though. It goes without saying that Raiders owner Mark Davis desperately wanted Jon Gruden as the team's head coach, and he saw that..." January 10

  • Raiders Make Offer To Eliot Wolf

    Pro Football Rumors "Eliot Wolf didn’t get the Packers’ GM job, but he remains a popular man around the league. Wolf has an offer to join the Raiders’ front office, according to Adam Schefter of (on Twitter). Wolf is currently in Cleveland, where he is interviewing with GM John Dorsey. Meanwhile, the..." January 09

  • Jon Gruden looks forward to meeting Marshawn Lynch

    Pro Football Talk "One of the central themes of Tuesday’s press conference introducing Jon Gruden as the head coach of the Raiders was how much Gruden loves the Raiders organization. Gruden said he never wanted to leave Oakland and also professed his love for the city. A love for Oakland and desire to play for..." January 09

  • Jon Gruden on reported $100M deal: 'I don’t have a guarantee to be alive for 10 years'

    CBS Sports "The Oakland Raiders held a monster press conference on Tuesday to introduce Jon Gruden as their newest head coach. Gruden signed a 10-year contract to replace Jack Del Rio as the head man in charge, and it was clear from the wide smiles on the faces of everyone on the stage that this hire is, as..." January 09

  • Penn: Jon Gruden to Raiders like Steve Kerr to Warriors "Donald Penn called his old Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Jon Gruden, who will be introduced as his new head coach in Oakland on Tuesday, and had a message for him. "I told him, I said, 'Coach, you're about to walk into a room full of hungry dogs that are hungry, mad and upset,'" said Penn, who..." January 09

  • Raiders Eyeing Teryl Austin

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders are looking to soup up their staff. Head coach Jon Gruden has set his sights on Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and hopes to hire him as the team’s assistant head coach/defensive backs coach, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). Austin is also being chased by..." January 08

  • Raiders Will Officially Announce Greg Olson & Paul Guenther As New Coordinators Tuesday

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Ian Rapoport, the Raiders will officially announce the hires of OC Greg Olson and DC Paul Guenther on Tuesday during Jon Gruden’s press conference. Rapoport says that contracts for Olson and Guenther will be official by then. Oakland is also expected to hire Cowboys STs coach Rich..." January 08

  • Peyton Manning is favorite to replace Jon Gruden on MNF

    247 Sports "With Jon Gruden leaving the broadcast booth at ESPN to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders, the question now becomes who will take over for Gruden as the color commentator on Monday Night Football. Currently, OddsShark has a Tennessee Volunteers legend as the favorite to fill that..." January 08

  • Jon Gruden named Raiders' coach

    ESPN "The Oakland Raiders officially named Jon Gruden their new head coach Saturday night. The announcement was made about 90 minutes after Gruden worked as the analyst on ESPN's coverage of the AFC playoff game at Kansas City between the Chiefs and Tennessee Titans. He will be introduced at the..." January 07

  • Gruden’s contract is backloaded

    Pro Football Talk "A 10-year, $100 million contract averages $10 million per year. Obviously, however, it doesn’t mean the employee will get $10 million every year. As noted Friday, both here and in the PFT PM podcast, a decade-long deal provides plenty of space for creativity when it comes to crafting a..." January 06

  • Jon Gruden on Raiders coaching job: 'Nothing's official' "Jon Gruden's contract -- a mammoth one -- is still being worked out, but with a number like $100 million and multiple reports packing his backs for the Bay Area, ESPN decided to acknowledge the news. ESPN broadcaster Sean McDonough opened Saturday's broadcast of Chiefs-Titans by addressing the..." January 06

  • Jon Gruden’s contract heavily backloaded to take advantage of Nevada tax law

    Sportsnaut "The Oakland Raiders have landed the NFL’s version of the white whale by securing Jon Gruden as their next head coach. Not surprisingly, it took a boatload of money to get him to Oakland, and now we have even more details about the mega-contract Gruden is going to sign. According to Mike Florio..." January 06

  • Raiders coaching staff reportedly turned on Derek Carr late in the season

    CBS Sports "After Jack Del Rio led the Raiders to a 12-4 record in 2016, it seemed almost unfathomable that he would be out of a job in Oakland just one year later, but that's exactly what happened after he was fired following the team's 30-10 loss to the Chargers in Week 17. There's no way Raiders owner..." January 06

  • Raiders giving Jon Gruden ten-year contract

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oakland Raiders are reportedly making an unparalleled commitment to new head coach Jon Gruden. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gruden will receive an unprecedented ten-year deal, the longest in NFL history for a head coach. He’ll make around $100 million over the course of that deal." January 05

  • Reggie McKenzie turned down chance to interview for Packers

    Pro Football Talk "Jon Gruden might be getting all the money, but Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie must feel pretty secure about the influence he’ll have there in the future. According to Jim Trotter of ESPN, McKenzie turned down the chance to interview for the vacancy in Green Bay. With Gruden getting..." January 05

  • Gruden to Be Named Raiders Head Coach Tuesday

    Bleacher Report "Jon Gruden is back in the NFL. Steve Corkran of Raiders Snake Pit reported that Gruden would be the team's next head coach and that the announcement would be made at a press conference on Tuesday. It will be Gruden's second tenure as head coach of the Raiders. Former Raiders coach Jack Del..." January 05

  • Jon Gruden Expected To Hire Rams QBs Coach Greg Olson As OC

    NFL Trade Rumors "Alex Marvez reports that if/when Jon Gruden is hired as the Raiders’ new head coach, the expectation is that he’ll hire Rams QBs coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator. Gruden is expected to interview Bengals DC Paul Guenther for the Raiders’ defensive coordinator job. There’s also talk..." January 04

  • Concerns emerge regarding Jon Gruden/Derek Carr relationship

    Pro Football Talk "Barring an twelfth-hour screwup of which few owners are capable (no comment on whether Mark Davis is one of them), Jon Gruden will be the next head coach of the Raiders. Which means that Gruden eventually will be working directly with quarterback Derek Carr. Sure, Gruden told Carr during a..." January 04

  • Report: Environment was 'toxic' for Raiders in 2017

    247 Sports "After the Oakland Raiders opted to part ways with head coach Jack Del Rio, the rumors and reports began coming from all directions. And no, we're not talking about just reports of potential replacements. Instead, there were reports of multiple negative things that had happened within the..." January 04

  • Jon Gruden Responded To Stephen A. Smith’s Rant About His Reported Raiders Deal

    Uproxx "Jon Gruden returning to the sidelines as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders is almost assuredly going to happen. Every major newsbreaker speaks about the decision as if its final, from ESPN’s Adam Schefter (Gruden’s current colleague) to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The question isn’t if..." January 04

  • Raiders To Interview Paul Guenther For DC Job, Bengals Hoping To Keep Him

    NFL Trade Rumors "Bengals HC Marvin Lewis announced Wednesday that DC Paul Guenther will interview with the Raiders for their defensive coordinator vacancy. “Hopefully we will have an opportunity to get Paul Guenther back, but he has a chance to interview with the Raiders,” Lewis said, per Paul Dehner..." January 03

  • Jon Gruden says he will not have ownership stake in Raiders

    Larry Brown Sports "Jon Gruden will likely be one of the highest-paid coaches in football if and when he is hired by the Oakland Raiders, but some of the reports about the offer the team has made him have apparently been exaggerated. NFL reporters Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, who work for ESPN just like..." January 03

  • Jon Gruden: “Good Chance” I’ll Be Raiders’ Next Coach

    Pro Football Rumors "This is as close as we’ve gotten to a confirmation. On Wednesday, Jon Gruden told Mike Golic and Trey Wingo of ESPN (video link) that “there’s a good chance” he’ll accept the Raiders head coaching job, if it is offered to him. The Raiders are one of six teams in the NFL in search of a new head..." January 03

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