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But, that doesn't look like it's going to stop the Oakland Raiders from potentially giving him too much.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano responds to a question during a news conference following an NFL football practice, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Indianapolis.

The Oakland Raiders are expected to hire Jon Gruden as head coach.

Rumors about Gruden's return to the sidelines have been going on ever since he entered the booth, and it always seemed like a matter of when not if he chose to take a job. In reality, they would not have fired Del Rio if they weren't confident they could land Gruden. Right now, the Raiders sit at 6-9, with three straight losses, have already been eliminated from playoff contention and are headed to Los Angeles to face the Chargers in the regular season finale.

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Gruden made his most specific comments about the opening in Oakland in an interview Tuesday with the Bay Area News Group.

Oakland has been circling Gruden like a hawk since Saturday when NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Raiders would fire Del Rio if pursuing Gruden was a credible option, and that the Raiders would offer the former Raiders and Buccaneers coach upwards of $10 million annually and an ownership stake in the team. After ranking top 10 offensively in points and yards last season, they are 23rd and 19th, respectively, this year.

The Raiders are interested in bringing back Jon Gruden, who they traded to the Bucs after 2001 season. However, Gruden holds a career coaching record of 95-81.

Tom Flores was the first Hispanic coach to win a Super Bowl and the team also hired Hue Jackson as coach in 2011 and now employs Reggie McKenzie as general manager. Then again, it's not like the first-year National Football League play-caller had much top-end talent at his disposal in NY.


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