- Jon Gruden has reportedly agreed to a $US100 million contract to be the next coach of the Oakland Raiders.
- Fellow Oakland coach Steve Kerr said he was thrilled for Gruden, but also noted that it was a lot more than he is making.
- Kerr joked with his boss, GM Bob Myers, that maybe they needed to have a talk.
The worst-kept secret in the NFL is now out in the open as Jon Gruden will be introduced as the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders during a press conference on Tuesday, a move that caught the attention of Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
Gruden has reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $US100 million contract, the largest for a coach in NFL history.
On Friday, Kerr, a fellow Oakland coach, was a guest on “The Damon Bruce Show” on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. He had a great reaction when he was asked about Gruden’s new contract and was quick to mention that he had already discussed the deal with his own general manager, Bob Myers.
“I’m actually thrilled (about it) because Bob Myers and I had a conversation this morning and I said, ‘You know, Bob, Gruden’s got one title and I’ve got two,’ Kerr said, a reference to the Warriors’ two NBA championships compared to Gruden’s one Super Bowl win with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “And a hundred mil over 10 years? I don’t know. Maybe we need to talk, Bob.”
Kerr laughed about the conversation, but most good jokes have a certain level of truth to them.
Kerr is currently in the fourth year of a 5-year, $US25 million contract with an annual salary of $US5 million. But considering there is no salary cap for coaches and players are routinely signing deals worth $US20 million per year or more in all leagues, it does seem that Kerr might be underpaid.
Of course, the Warriors won’t want a lame-duck coach next season and Kerr has a good chance to add a third title before Gruden even coaches another game with the Raiders. In other words, Kerr will have plenty to talk about with Myers this offseason.
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