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He is scheduled to work his final game Saturday in Kansas City when the Chiefs take on the Tennessee Titans in a playoff game. "I have not heard that", Gruden told the Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald over the phone Friday.

Gruden, perhaps emboldened with the knowledge that this was his last game with McDonough, made a decision to call out his partner when the Titans were in victory formation.

The team reportedly offered Gruden an ownership stake in the team if he accepted the coaching position, but who needs an ownership stake when you can have $100 million in cold, hard cash instead? Gruden has already started putting together a staff with Cincinnati defensive coordinator Paul Guenther among those expected to join.

The move comes 20 years after he was hired by late owner Al Davis as the NFL's youngest head coach at age 34.

Gruden beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers but didn't win another playoff game for Tampa Bay in his final six seasons.

"It's an emotional and bittersweet day for our "Monday Night Football" family as today we say goodbye to coach Jon Gruden after nine very distinguished years", McDonough said before the game.

We saw this same strategy being employed when the Raiders inked Derek Carr to his then-record contract (before Matthew Stafford signed his).

That contract is the most expensive and tied for the longest in National Football League coaching history.

Gruden replaced Joe Bugel after a 4-12 season in 1998 and was 38-26 in four seasons, including AFC West titles in 2000 and 2001. He led the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl title over Oakland the following season. Gruden is the 21st different coach in franchise history and the second man to do it twice, joining Art Shell (1989-94) and 2006.

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