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Gruden Won’t Coach for Five Years After Signing Deal With ESPN

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden agreed to a contract extension with ESPN that will keep him as a “Monday Night Football” analyst through the 2016 National Football League season.

Gruden, who is in his third season with Walt Disney Co. network’s ESPN, agreed to an exclusive agreement that will keep him “out of coaching for the next five years,” ESPN said in a statement.

“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 in the statement.

Gruden, 48, coached the Oakland Raiders for four years before replacing Tony Dungy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. He led the team to a Super Bowl title that season and won five division crowns during his 11 years as a head coach.

His name has been mentioned for several coaching openings in both the NFL and college football since he moved into the broadcast booth. Gruden signed a one-year extension with ESPN last December after the University of Miami expressed interest in signing him following the firing of Randy Shannon.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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