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    The Raiders believe so strongly in Jon Gruden, they want him in charge for the next decade.

    Gruden is expected to strike a deal for 10 years and $100 million to be the Raiders’ next head coach. It would be the longest contract for an NFL coach since the Cowboys gave Tom Landry a 10-year extension in 1964.

    prepared to make his coaching staff the most expensive in league history,Authentic Caleb Sturgis Jersey,The Raiders won’t be holding back on Gruden’s underlings either, according to NFL Network. His coordinators expected to be Rams quarterback coach Greg Olson as offensive coordinator and Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in the same role — reportedly will receive four-year deals to extend beyond the team’s relocation to Las Vegas in 2020.

    his last broadcast with the network before moving back to the NFL sidelines,His intention of calling the Chiefs-Titans wild-card game this Saturday, irritated some who felt his presence in production meetings could earn him valuable information on future.

    appearing on “Golic & Wingo” Wednesday morning,Tension also arose this week between Gruden. Smith after the “First Take” co-host criticized the original report that Gruden might be offered an ownership stake in the Raiders. Gruden, denied the ownership incentive would be part of the deal after saying he heard Smith “screaming at me on TV yesterday.”

    The Raiders plan to spend as much as $75 million to construct their headquarters. The team’s oft-cited budget includes $1.8 billion for its 65,000-seat domed stadium, and $100 million for its corporate headquarters. Nevada’s $750 million taxpayer investment evolved from those estimates.

    If the sale receives final council approval in February,000 per acre for the land. The team in May paid $77.5 million for 62 acres — $1.25 million per acre — to private owners for its stadium site,Authentic Jason Peters Jersey, the Raiders will pay roughly $110, though that parcel sits in a much more desirable location adjacent to the Strip. The initial asking price for that land was $100 million.

    Asked if the city initially offered the discounted rate or if the Raiders requested the half-price deal, “It was a negotiation. Of course they asked,Authentic Rodney McLeod Jersey, city councilperson John Marz said, just like everybody else asked.”

    The team plans to create 250 nonplaying jobs stationed at the headquarters, though many of those positions could be filled by employees relocating from the current Raiders home in Alameda. Raiders stadium consultant Don Webb said the facility will need to be completed by spring 2020.

    At that time, Hue Jackson was Oakland’s coach and with no general manager in place after former Raiders owner,Authentic Nigel Bradham Jersey, Al Davis died. Jackson made the decision to trade for Palmer after having a history with the QB during his time in Cincinnati where he was the wide receivers coach as well as from Palmer’s time at USC — where Jackson was the quarterbacks coach.

    The Raiders traded Palmer for their first-round pick in the 2012 draft and a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.

    Palmer’s tenure with the Raiders lasted two years in which he started 26 games,771 yards, threw for 6, 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

    Gruden,Womens Brandon Brooks Jersey, who has been out of coaching and working in broadcasting for the past decade, will be receiving the longest head-coaching contract in NFL history and one that will reach into nine-figures. Yowza.

    Despite being out of the game for so long, Gruden has stayed on the radar of many teams as a prime head-coaching candidate. He previously spent four years coaching the Raiders,Womens Caleb Sturgis Jersey, before spending seven years with the Buccaneers, finishing with a 36-26 record, amassing a 57-55 record and winning the Super Bowl XXVII (over the Raiders).

    One big question, with the Raiders publicly focusing on Gruden so early, requiring the interviewing of minority candidates for the position. According to ESPN’s reporting, was whether the team had complied with Rooney Rule, the NFL has certified the hire and that Oakland did comply with the rule.

    “We believe the Rooney Rule was complied with. Minority candidates were interviewed,” NFL executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said during a conference call Friday. “We’ll see what decision they make.”

    Gruden inherits a team with some talent but there’s plenty of work ahead in rebuilding this franchise to it’s previous glory.

    When the late Al Davis hired Art Shell to coach the Raiders, his message was simple: You're a true Raider, and I want you to coach my team. That was it.

    His conversation with Tom Flores, the NFL's second-ever Latino head coach, was similar.

    When he hired Amy Trask to become the first female team CEO in NFL history, there was no grand talk about gender. He respected her. He hired her. Again, simple.

    Davis' inclusive attitude filtered down throughout the organization. Once, one asked Upshaw, when Trask was watching a Raiders practice with the legendary Gene Upshaw—who was the head of the players union at the time—a group of writers approached. In an attempt to demean Trask, "What's it like having a girl working for the team?"

    "She's not a girl," Upshaw said. "She's a Raider."

    That spirit is nowhere to be found in Oakland's search for a new head coach, though.

    The Raiders will name former Oakland head coach Jon Gruden to be their next head coach. And while they will bring in other candidates in the coming days to retroactively comply with the Rooney Rule—which requires teams to interview a candidate of color for front office and coaching positions—it's all a sham.

    Gruden is going to coach the Raiders. The interviews are nothing other than a backward way to comply with a rule Oakland broke.

    here is some anger among black assistant coaches and personnel men over what the Raiders are doing, and several expressed their disappointment in the team to B/R.

    The Raiders are far from alone in making a mockery of the rule. Many teams have. In 2003, the NFL fined then-Lions president Matt Millen $200,000 for violating the rule. Authentic Caleb Sturgis Jersey,There were questions surrounding the Browns' hiring of general manager John Dorsey. There have been others.

    What makes this situation different is that the Raiders have long exemplified gender and race equity.

    Some Raiders fans have argued the franchise deserves a pass on the Rooney Rule because of its remarkable history. The problem is,Womens Brent Celek Jersey, Al Davis likely would say differently.

    The problem with the rule—and one the NFL may not be able to overcome—is that it's hard to stop a team from deciding who it wants as a head coach and then retroactively satisfying the rule, much like Oakland is doing here.

    One suggestion I've heard is to increase the fines for teams and start stripping high-round draft picks. Other than that, there are few solutions.

    We can be sure of one thing,Womens Jason Peters Jersey, though: Al wouldn't have conducted the coaching search like this.

    It's always good news when NFL head coaches don't get fired. No one wants to see that (from a human standpoint, at least).

    Still, it's surprising that only five men have been fired and one retired so far. I was told to expect changes into the double digits.

    It appears teams were slowed for two reasons,Womens Rodney McLeod Jersey, according to several front office executives. The first was that some clubs believe Ohio State's Urban Meyer,Authentic Brandon Brooks Jersey, Alabama's Nick Saban or Michigan's Jim Harbaugh will be more receptive to making the jump to the NFL after next season.

    More to the point, many teams looked at their coaches and didn't see better options.

    Take the case of Hue Jackson in Cleveland. The Browns went 0-16, and Jackson makes some curious coaching decisions,Womens Nigel Bradham Jersey, he's seen as a good coach. Like it or not, but inside the sport, that's how he's viewed.

    That's part of why this offseason has been less hectic than anticipated so far.