The Washington Times - November 16, 2009, 10:05AM

ESPN just announced that Jon Gruden, viewed as a leading candidate to succeed Jim Zorn as the Redskins’ coach in 2010, has agreed to an exclusive multi-year contract. (story from ESPN.com here)

Gruden, who coached Tampa Bay to the 2002 Super Bowl title, is in his first season as an analyst on “Monday Night Football” after being fired by the Bucs when they finished 2008 with three straight defeats that cost them a playoff berth.

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ESPN said that Gruden will also cover the draft and Super Bowl as well as the Pro Bowl, Rose Bowl and BCS Title Game.

“Working with Mike, Jaws and our entire Monday Night Football team is the most fun I have had in years, and I am fired up to make this long-term commitment to ESPN,” Gruden said in the ESPN release. “Monday Night Football is special and I look forward to remaining a part of it and continuing to call these great games.”

As has been true since the summer, my money’s on Mike Shanahan coaching the Redskins in 2010.

— David Elfin