Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden decided not to interview for head coaching jobs elsewhere, but he will still get a nice raise in 2012.
David Pingalore of WKMG Channel 6 in Orlando reports that Gruden got a three-year, $3.6 million extension to stay with the Bengals. That doubles his first-year salary with the team.
It’s a smart investment for the Bengals. Gruden clearly wanted to continue his work with Andy Dalton and he got a rare bit of security in the coaching profession.
This continues a strong year for Bengals owner Mike Brown. Whether he’s been lucky, good, or both, credit Brown for knowing a good thing when he sees it and paying to make sure Gruden didn’t leave.