Jon Gruden agrees to five-year ESPN extension

ESPN has inked Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden to a five-year contract extension that begins in September 2012. Gruden is expected to be a candidate for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching position, assuming that Tony Sparano is fired. It's unclear if there's an opt-out clause for Gruden to go to the NFL,but the statement says the deal will "keep him out of coaching for the next five years"

"Our Monday Night Football crew is special, and to have the opportunity to continue to be a part of this team, working these big-time NFL prime time games every week on ESPN, I'm fired up," Gruden said.

Bob LaMonte, Gruden's agent, said: "Jon is a rare individual who has been successful at everything he has done, going from one of the youngest coaches to win a Super Bowl to reinventing himself with this new broadcasting career in his 40s. He has an unmistakable enthusiasm for football that will continue to entertain fans on ESPN."

Gruden was a head coach for 11 seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2001) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-08). He compiled a career record of 100-85 and led his teams to five division titles. Gruden's best season was 2002 when the Buccaneers finished the regular season 12-4 and captured the Super Bowl XXXVII title with a 48-21 victory over the Raiders, the team he had coached just one season earlier. "Our Monday Night Football crew is special, and to have the opportunity to continue to be a part of this team, working these big-time NFL prime time games every week on ESPN, I'm fired up," Gruden said.

Bob LaMonte, Gruden's agent, said: "Jon is a rare individual who has been successful at everything he has done, going from one of the youngest coaches to win a Super Bowl to reinventing himself with this new broadcasting career in his 40s. He has an unmistakable enthusiasm for football that will continue to entertain fans on ESPN."

Gruden was a head coach for 11 seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2001) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-08). He compiled a career record of 100-85 and led his teams to five division titles. Gruden's best season was 2002 when the Buccaneers finished the regular season 12-4 and captured the Super Bowl XXXVII title with a 48-21 victory over the Raiders, the team he had coached just one season earlier.

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