Report: Bucs Pursuing Oakland HC Jon Gruden

January 26 –According to Fox Sports Radio, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have contacted Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis about acquiring the services of Oakland head coach Jon Gruden.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still in search of a head coach, and the Pewter Pirates have apparently set their sights on Oakland head coach Jon Gruden.

According to a Fox Sports Radio report on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers contacted the Oakland Raiders about acquiring the services of Gruden, who still has one-year remaining on his contract.

Gruden's agent, Bob LaMonte, has made it known that the Raiders' 38-year-old head coach will not stay in Oakland beyond the 2002 season. Gruden has posted a 32-20 overall record since 1998 and has won two consecutive AFC West Division Titles, but he is thought to be at odds with Oakland owner Al Davis.

Since Gruden is still under contract with the Raiders, the Buccaneers are required to ask and receive permission from Oakland in order to talk about and/or to Gruden about the vacant head-coaching job in Tampa Bay.

The report said the Bucs are negotiating a deal that would compensate the Raiders with both draft picks and pay a $2.5 million buyout of Gruden's contract in exchange for his services.

Both LaMonte and Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials denied Fox Sports Radio's report.

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