National Football League to investigate if Raiders violated Rooney Rule

The investigation comes one day after the Fritz Pollard Alliance called on the National Football League to investigate whether the rule on minority interviews was violated by the Raiders when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.

Davis fired head coach Jack Del Rio on December 31, a week after agreeing to a deal with Gruden, and only interviewed Johnson and Martin after Del Rio was gone for a coaching job that, in essence, never really was vacant.

The NFL has yet to address the FPA's statement, but Raiders could be in hot water here. Ansley would work on the coaching staff of Gruden, the former Super Bowl XXXVII champion returning to the sidelines from the ESPN broadcast booth.

While the Raiders have been criticized for turning the Rooney Rule into a farce, you have to wonder about the NFL's motivation here too.

The NFL has issued discipline for Rooney Rule violations in the past. It makes sense that they wanted to figure out if Gruden was attainable before firing the coach who led them to the playoffs in 2016.

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Gannon could not fully commit to Gruden, but the Raiders did immediately.

"We're going to ask a lot more from Derek Carr at the line of scrimmage", Gruden said". In the offseason, Bell got the franchise tag after turning down a long-term contract that reports said was worth up to $30 million in the first two years because he believed the team didnt value his full skill set.

The NFL will "look into this", league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. Then-Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen was fined $200,000 for circumventing the rule when he hired Steve Mariucci as the team's head coach in 2003.

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden, right, smiles as he sits next to owner Mark Davis.

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