Jon Gruden resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night. His resignation came after a series of emails he sent between 2011 and 2018 became public. In those emails, Gruden used racist, homophobic, and misogynistic terms to describe others, including the executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith. The raiders confirmed his resignation via Twitter.
Gruden returned to the Raiders in 2018 after previously coaching the team from 1998 to 2001. He was hired to bring the team back to life under the direction of a rising star in Derek Carr and to help move the team to Las Vegas.
The raiders tore Gruden away Monday night football on ESPN and offers him a huge contract to coach the team. In fact, Gruden won the largest deal in NFL history: a ten-year $ 100 million deal.
What happens now, since less than four years after this ten-year contract, Gruden is no longer the trainer of the Raiders?
Tashan Reed of the Athletic originally stated Gruden would forfeit the remaining $ 60 million on his contract. However, USA Today reports Team and ex-trainer are working on a package and that the situation is “unsolved”.
It looks like Gruden will get at least some cash from his resignation, but it certainly won’t be the $ 60 million he could have won by getting the entire deal.
In terms of annual salary, Gruden was the third highest paid coach in the NFL. Only Bill Belicheck of New England ($ 12.5 million) and Pete Carroll of Seattle ($ 11 million) will earn more this year.
While it’s pretty much irrelevant now, Gruden’s deal also included a no-trade clause. During his first round with the Raiders, the team traded him in 2001 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gruden signed a five-year deal for $ 17.5 million with the Bucs, and the Raiders received $ 8 million in cash, two first-round picks, and two second-round picks in exchange. The following season, the Buccaneers defeated the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.
This time Gruden leaves the Raiders under even more stormy circumstances. And on the other hand, there is no other coaching job waiting for him.