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ESPN announces Gruden is staying

Former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden has agreed to remain with ESPN as an analyst on its "Monday Night Football" telecasts, the network announced Monday.

It had been widely speculated that Gruden would return to coaching next season. Some media speculation had linked him to possible coaching vacancies with the Washington Redskins and other NFL teams.

But ESPN issued a written announcement saying that Gruden "has agreed to an exclusive multi-year agreement with the company" and "has made a commitment to remain with ESPN."

The network did not provide further details.

"Working with Mike [Tirico], Jaws [Ron Jaworski] and our entire Monday Night Football team is the most fun I have had in years, and I am fired up to make this long-term commitment to ESPN," Gruden said in a written statement released by the network. "Monday Night Football is special and I look forward to remaining a part of it and continuing to call these great games."

The terms of Gruden's agreement with ESPN were not immediately known, and it was not clear if the announcement takes him off the offseason coaching market for certain.

Gruden joined ESPN after being dismissed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after last season.

"Jon has truly reinvented himself, from a Super Bowl-winning head coach to one of the foremost NFL analysts in the business, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive," Norby Williamson, ESPN's executive vice president of production, said in a written statement. "We are thrilled with his commitment to ESPN, which ensures that Jon will continue on Monday Night Football with Mike and Jaws, and he will have the opportunity to do even more with ESPN."

By Mark Maske  |  November 16, 2009; 9:59 AM ET  | Category:  Coaching Carousel , Television Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Well, there goes the Gruden/Bruce Allen option that probably would have passed the smell test with the fans.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | November 16, 2009 11:28 AM

The main reason people thought he might work here is that he has been willing to work with a strong GM (not that Vinny IS one :D), and hasn't insisted on "complete control" like a Holmgren, Cowher, etc.

I enjoy him on MNF esp. after the Dennis Miller and Tony Kornheiser "experiments," so more power to Chucky for sticking with it. :)

Posted by: blackjack65 | November 16, 2009 11:25 AM

No coach worth a hoot will come here, let alone Chuckie. These guys don't need the money and Danny Boy can't give up the reins, no matter what he says, isn't that right Mr. Shottenheimer?

Posted by: KDSmallJr | November 16, 2009 11:13 AM

Good. That's one less mistake Dan Snyder can make.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | November 16, 2009 11:00 AM

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