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Gruden Staying with ESPN

You can cross out Jon Gruden from any conversation about the Buffalo Bills coaching job.

ESPN and the Monday Night Football analyst announced today that the former Super Bowl winning coach has signed a multi-year extension that extends his assignments beyond Monday Night Football.

He will work the NFL Draft, Super Bowl week and be the radio analyst alongside Mike Tirico on ESPN's coverage of the college title game and the 2010 Rose Bowl.

In an ESPN release, Gruden was quoted as saying he has "had the most fun I have had in years."

He certainly is having a lot more fun than Bills Coach Dick Jauron, whose future with the Bills is so precarious that Gruden's name is among those that had come up in speculation about the next coach.

Of course, Gruden's price tag probably would have made him an extreme longshot to coach here anyway.

You do have to wonder if the multi-year deal that Gruden signed has an "out-clause" if his dream job comes open. But it certainly looks like he is enjoying life in the booth, where he never loses. 

-- Alan Pergament 

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