The Raiders made the proclamation on Twitter above a photo of Gruden from his first stint as Oakland's coach, from 1998 to 2001.
At the end of ESPN's coverage of the Titans upset win over the Chiefs in Kansas City, Sean McDonough offered a heartfelt, touching goodbye to outgoing analyst Jon Gruden. Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday.
That led to the decision to fire Del Rio following his third season and go hard after Gruden, who reportedly will get a 10-year contract worth an estimated $100 million. He has a 95-81 career record.
His tenure ended shortly after the "Tuck Rule" loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million.
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In 2006, former owner Al Davis hired Art Shell, after firing him the first time.
He last coached with the Buccaneers, with whom he won Super Bowl XXXVII - beating the Raiders 48-21. When Jon Gruden returns to the Raiders as head coach, he will be bringing along Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator.
After his firing from Tampa Bay, Gruden's Fired Football Coaches Association became a think-tank for coaches no longer ont he sidelines.
"Coach. great legacy on 'Monday Night Football, ' not only have you lived up to it, you've enhanced it with your performance here", McDonough continued. You might be familiar with "Gruden's QB Camp", which was as segment on ESPN where Gruden would interview college quarterbacks entering the NFL Draft.