When Jon Gruden joined ESPN before the 2009 season, he widely was assumed to be just another coach dabbling in TV between NFL jobs.
Instead he appears to be settling in for a long-term second career. The network announced Monday that Gruden, 48, has signed a new five-year agreement that takes effect in September, 2012.
The news release said the deal “will keep him on sports television’s signature series and out of coaching for the next five years.’’ ESPN declined to discuss the terms beyond that, including whether he can get out of the contract to coach before 2017.
Gruden’s contract was announced as he prepared for last night’s Dolphins-Jets game as part of the three-man “Monday Night Football’’ booth, his primary duty since joining ESPN.
“I’m fired up," he said in a news release.
For now the new contract should keep him off lists of candidates for potential coaching openings, including the Dolphins.
Said Gruden’s agent, Bob LaMonte, “Jon is a rare individual who has been successful at everything he has done, going from one of the youngest coaches to win a Super Bowl to reinventing himself with this new broadcasting career in his 40s.”