Kimie Bunyasaranand
Tuesday January 1st, 2013

Jon Gruden ESPN color commentator and former NFL coach Jon Gruden may be a candidate for several vacant positions. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen says to keep an eye on his colleague Jon Gruden as a potential NFL coaching candidate, reports NBC Sports.

Appearing on Mike and Mike in the Morning, Chris Mortensen said that when looking at the seven teams that fired their head coaches on Monday, it would be wrong to overlook the possibility of Gruden filling one of those vacancies.

“I have to say, we all have to watch our Jon Gruden — ESPN’s Jon Gruden,” Mortensen said. “It makes everybody at ESPN nervous when we say that, but we haven’t heard one way or the other. He is very happy at ESPN, but we know that he is on the tip of a lot of tongues with NFL people.”

Gruden is under contract to remain with Monday Night Football, but a source within ESPN acknowledged that Gruden could leave if he got the right offer. Gruden was a head coach in the league for 11 years, first with the Raiders and then with the Bucs. He led Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl championship in 2002.

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