If you thought Jimbo Fisher’s contract with Texas A&M was absurd, just wait till you see what the Oakland Raiders are going to pay Jon Gruden.
According to a report from Adam Schefter, Gruden will get a 10-year contract from the Raiders, that is reportedly worth $100 million. That tops the $75 million deal Texas A&M gave Fisher in December. The deal is the longest in NFL history.
While Gruden was the highest paid employee at ESPN, nearly $10 million a year is a lot of money for a coach who has not coached an NFL game since 2008. Gruden also has a lower career winning percentage than Jason Garrett, the often maligned coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Naturally, a number of people on Twitter were stunned by the news.
The Texas A&M Raiders https://t.co/2VXyg9jDLi
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) January 5, 2018
Raiders handing out Jimbo money! I like them for #2 in the SEC West at some point in the next 5 years for sure
— 1941 national champion (@JasonKirkSBN) January 5, 2018
10 years out of coaching = 10-year contract that will average at least $10 million per year. What a time to be alive. https://t.co/bLt7Z8rDQY
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) January 5, 2018
tfw they’re giving you $100 million pic.twitter.com/xHMQyRNqDv
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) January 5, 2018
That's a spicy meatball https://t.co/YIk1ipQihj
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) January 5, 2018
Tennessee, which had been heavily rumored with Gruden ended up hiring Jeremy Pruitt for a lot less money. Pruitt has also coached college football in this millennium and has a proven track record as an excellent coach and recruiter.
Pruitt is still working for Alabama, as he will coach the Alabama defense in the national title game. Alabama and Georgia will play for the national championship game on Monday night. Future Tennesssee defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer will coach for Georgia in the game as well.
Gruden is set to call a playoff game for ESPN on Saturday.