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."
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