Jon Gruden: “I’m not making $100 million”

AP

Reality rarely undermines a good headline.

As Jon Gruden emerged from nearly a decade in the TV booth, someone close to him (his agent) leaked to multiple reporters that Gruden had signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders. There’s only one problem with that: Seven months later, Gruden says it’s #fakenews.

I’m not making $100 million, just so you know,” Gruden told Peter King for his weekly Football Morning in America column. Instead of elaborating on how the impression became so strong and accepted that Gruden is making $10 million per year, on average, over the next 10 years, Gruden opted to take a gratuitous slap at a guy who gets paid even more.

“Well, I never thought Tom Cruise, never thought his movies were any good but he’s making plenty of money,” Gruden said. “There’s a lot of things that I don’t understand. No disrespect to Tom Cruise. I’m sure he’s a great actor. But you know what? You just go about your life as hard as you can. You try to find something you love and you do the best you can at it. I never got into coaching for the money. I got into coaching because I wanted to be a quarterback coach. What the salary cap has become, what free agency has become — it’s amazing.”

Tom Cruise reportedly got $43 million in 2017, and for good reason. His latest movie has passed the $500 million mark through four weekends.

But it’s apparently preferable for Gruden to gripe about how much Tom Cruise makes than to delve into the details of Gruden’s own deal, even though he allowed the impression to linger for months that he’s making nine figures.

The truth may be, as surmised at the time, that the full $100 million isn’t guaranteed. Meaning that if he’s fired at some point before the completion of the 2027 season, Gruden won’t be walking away with the balance of $100 million. Until then, the structure of the deal is believed to be more along the lines of $25 million over the first five years, and $75 million over the final five years. And if much if not most if not all of the final five years isn’t guaranteed then, no, Gruden’s not making $100 million.

But Tom Cruise definitely is.

23 responses to “Jon Gruden: “I’m not making $100 million”

  1. Maybe he will make a turd of a team into a somewhat accurate representation of a crappy Tom Cruise movie for a cool $80 Mill (CA Taxes!)

  2. Listening to him still whining about the Tuck Rule brings a big smile to my face. Keep grinding captain no laces.

  3. No he doesn’t make $100M over ten years, He makes $99M over the next 10. He wants to be truthful… you know?

  4. Ironically, the movie that is delivering those millions to Tom Cruise is an apt description of the Raider’s chances on winning the Superbowl anytime soon; Mission Impossible.

  5. Of course he’s not making $100 mil. Howdy-Doody only signed him to fleece the Chokeland Homers for a couple more years. As soon as the team is settled in Vegas, Chucky and his soon-to-be losing ways will be kicked to the curb.

  6. Tom Cruise does his own stunts.

    Hung on the door of a C-130 durning take off and landing

    Jumped out the window on the worlds tallest building and swung from window to window.

    It would be equivalent to Jon Gruden strapping on a helmet and calling his own number running back kick offs.

  7. So he gets 25 million for the first 5 years. 5 million per season. That barely puts him in the top 10 of highest paid NFL HC’s. Reality people – it’s a thing.

  8. weepingjebus says:
    August 20, 2018 at 8:10 am
    Listening to him still whining about the Tuck Rule brings a big smile to my face. Keep grinding captain no laces.
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    There are bad calls and then there are things that are fixed.

  9. “The truth may be, as surmised at the time, that the full $100 million isn’t guaranteed. Meaning that if he’s fired at some point before the completion of the 2027 season, Gruden won’t be walking away with the balance of $100 million. Until then, the structure of the deal is believed to be more along the lines of $25 million over the first five years, and $75 million over the final five years. And if much if not most if not all of the final five years isn’t guaranteed then, no, Gruden’s not making $100 million.”

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    If this is the case, then I guess that Son-of-Al isn’t as much of a moron as I originally thought. 5 mil. per year for the first 5 years is not too far out-of-line for what HC’s (even the average ones) are making.

    I still think that bringing back Gruden was a downgrade from Del Rio and was done purely as a P.T. Barnum type publicity stunt. I also think that giving Gruden GM-type powers was foolish because Gruden’s roster moves are weakening the Raiders roster – just the way he did with the Bucs. But if I’m wrong and Gruden actually does well then I’ll be happy to eat my words.

    Also if there’s not 100 mil. in escrow for Gruden, then that should mean that Son-of-Al has enough cash for guarantees on the lucrative new contract that Khalil Mack deserves as a franchise-type player and one of the best defenders in the league.

  10. “Tom Cruise reportedly got $43 million in 2017, and for good reason…”

    That reason being people like to watch the same movie over and over.

  11. Gruden’s first draft back looks to be excellent! PJ Hall, Maurice Hurst, Arden Key, Kolton Miller

    You’ll be hearing these names a ton the next few years.. Enjoy!

  12. silvernblacksabbath says:
    August 20, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Gruden’s first draft back looks to be excellent! PJ Hall, Maurice Hurst, Arden Key, Kolton Miller

    You’ll be hearing these names a ton the next few years.. Enjoy!

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    Spoken like a Gruden fanboy rather than a knowledgeable Raider fan. Any evidence that any players will make an impact? Why not wait until the regular season games to pass judgement….

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  13. araidersfan says:
    Spoken like a Gruden fanboy rather than a knowledgeable Raider fan. Any evidence that any players will make an impact? Why not wait until the regular season games to pass judgement….
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    Dude – we all want you to be wrong, yourself included. So if the Raiders exceed expectations we can get together and have a beer to celebrate, but you’re buying the first round.

  14. Gruden won me over 100% with his Tom Cruise comments. To his further credit, Gruden is not a member of that whacko scientology cult. I’d love to see Jon do well with the Raiders, but whether or not he does, and in spite of his his own obvious insecurities, he’s got me as a fan for life. Cruise doesn’t and never did!

  15. Also if there’s not 100 mil. in escrow for Gruden, then that should mean that Son-of-Al has enough cash for guarantees on the lucrative new contract that Khalil Mack deserves as a franchise-type player and one of the best defenders in the league.

    ………

    Coach salaries aren’t required to be put in escrow. That’s a CBA requirement to make sure players get paid what they’re guaranteed. Coaches aren’t part of the CBA. So that’s not why Davis is “broke.” Try $500+mm toward a new stadium if you want to know where all the Raider cash is.

    Davis isn’t even the owner; his mother, Carole, is. She named him president, or whatever they’re calling it. Al wouldn’t leave the team to the son he kicked out of the building.p

    Gruden doesn’t want to pay Mack $22+mm a year; that’s why there’s no deal. I think non-Raider fans can see that pretty clearly. They have him for $13mm in 2018, and ~$18mm is the franchise tag for 2019. The question is how long will Mack hold out, and will they forgive his fines when he returns?

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