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Report: ESPN's Gruden will return to coach Raiders

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Report: ESPN's Gruden will return to coach Raiders

Jon Gruden will leave the ESPN booth to return as coach of the Oakland Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

The Raiders fired coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday after they finished a 6-10 season with a 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Gruden, 54. the analyst on ESPN's "Monday Night Football", was traded by the Raiders to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2001 season and beat Oakland for the Super Bowl title the following season. He was fired by the Bucs after the 2008 season and has been in the broadcast booth since then. 

Gruden was 38-26 with two playoff appearances in four years in Oakland. His last game for the Raiders was the famous "Snow Game" loss to the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoff in January 2002. He was 57-55 with three playoff appearances in seven seasons in Tampa Bay. 

John Middlekauff, who covers the Raiders for TheAthletic.com, reported he was told by a Raiders assistant coach that there's a 99-percent chance Gruden takes over for Del Rio. 

The Raiders have agreed to leave Oakland and move to Las Vegas as soon as the 2019 season and are scheduled to open a new stadium in Las Vegas in the 2020 season.


 

David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end. 

On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots. 

The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career. 

Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.

He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade. 

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.

Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England? 

It's 23 seconds into the video below: 

Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."

Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December. 

🐐chasin.

A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42. 

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