Tampa Bay re-signs Coach Gruden

Feb. 2, 2004 at 5:38 PM
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TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden has signed a two-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2008 season, it was reported Monday.

The Tampa Tribune reported the extension is worth nearly $9 million, with Gruden set to make $4.3 million in both the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.

The team was unavailable for comment.

After Gruden led Tampa Bay to its first Super Bowl title last season, the Buccaneers missed the playoffs this past season with a 7-9 record.

Gruden was named Tampa Bay's seventh coach on Feb. 18, 2002, signing a five-year, $18 million deal.

In late December, Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay resigned to take a similiar position with the Atlanta Falcons.

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