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ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting that the Raiders want Gruden to come back so badly that they are willing to offer him part ownership of the franchise.

Gruden was hired by Al Davis to coach the Raiders from 1998 through 2001, posting records of 8-8, 8-8, 12-4 and 11-5.

The year prior, the Raiders also gave general manager Reggie McKenzie an extension, and it's not known how Gruden's hiring would affect the general manager in terms of the draft and free agency. A large number of Raiders fans would likely welcome him back with open arms.

Every offseason, there are always rumors that Gruden is going to return to coaching. In that sense, he'd be a good fit with Derek Carr, who has regressed in 2017.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden grimaces as he speaks to the media during his weekly news conference Monday Dec. 29, 2008 in Tampa, Fla. "There is no news to report", Gruden told ESPN.

On Monday night, Gruden called what may have been his last Monday Night Football game, which featured the Raiders at the Eagles. I can't say I haven't taken any phone calls. Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. The offer, according to Mortensen, could include ownership stake and a backloaded contract that would allow Gruden to make the bulk of his money when the team moves to Las Vegas in order to avoid state tax. He's making $6.5 million annually to talk about football, and not have the insane stress that comes with being an NFL head coach. "I'm here to help people". Chances are that, at some point over the weekend, Gruden spoke directly with Raiders owner Mark Davis.

Here's a bit more on why Gruden might be tempted to accept this position. As successful as he has been as an ESPN analyst, providing color commentary for Monday Night Football and helping create Gruden's QB Camp annual specials, many around the league believed it was only a matter of time before he returned to coaching. One source close to the situation said he expected Gruden to return to coaching in 2018.

But this year does seem to be different.