Are the Las Vegas Raiders willing to take another gamble on Jon Gruden?
There are indications that the return of Jon Gruden to an NFL sideline might be in the cards. Recent reports suggest that Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis is keen on bringing Gruden back, but there’s a catch—Gruden would need to drop his lawsuit against the NFL for this to materialize.
Gruden’s last coaching stint in the NFL was in 2021 with the Raiders. Initially signing a 10-year, $100-million contract in 2018, he was abruptly let go following an investigation into offensive emails he sent to then-Washington GM Bruce Allen during his tenure with the Washington Football Team. The emails contained racist, misogynistic, and homophobic language.
Upon the public revelation of these emails, Gruden resigned from the Raiders but simultaneously initiated a lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league for making the scandal public. While the lawsuit is still ongoing, there are indications that dropping it could pave the way for reconciliation between both parties.
The question remains: Will the Raiders take the gamble of bringing back Gruden, considering the tumultuous end to his previous tenure? Currently led by interim head coach Antonio Pierce, if the team continues to perform well, there might be little incentive to revisit Gruden’s coaching role.
The former Super Bowl winner’s troubled history with the Raiders may make the team hesitant to roll the dice on him once again.