Keep telling yourself that Chucky

In an interview with Fox Sports that will air Thursday night before Oakland's game against the San Francisco 49ers, Jon Gruden tells former Raiders great Howie Long that players around the league have expressed their desire to play for him in 2019. Fox Sports released a preview of the interview Thursday morning.

"And to have salary-cap space and to have a chance to talk to the people that you really want to wear the silver and black, the guys you really want to wear the silver and black and represent this team, that's exciting."

Gruden is in the first season of a 10-year contract he signed to return as coach. Playing in Vegas would be really cool as a professional football player, but could also be very dangerous. 

Gruden's mystique has definitely worn off. He's not necessarily known as a player's coach either. At this point he's doing a better job of alienating players than coaching them. 

At the end of the day, money always matters the most. If they can pay someone big money, players will gladly pay for the Raiders. 

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