Jon Gruden essentially confirmed Tuesday that the Oakland Raiders are considering hiring him as their next head coach.
According to Jerry McDonald of the Mercury News, Gruden said, "Well, I think I am being considered, yes. I hope I'm a candidate."
The Raiders could make their final decision on Del Rio's replacement within a week.
"My understanding is they're interviewing candidates this week and they're going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision," Gruden said.
The 54-year-old previously served as Oakland's head coach from 1998 through 2001. He went 38-26 in his four seasons with the team and made the playoffs twice.
Gruden was traded from Oakland to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the 2002 season, and he went on to beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl at the end of his first season in Tampa.
All told, Gruden boasts a 95-81 career record as an NFL head coach with five playoff appearances and one championship to his credit.
Gruden has served as the color analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast since 2009, and he hasn't coached an NFL game since going 9-7 with the Bucs in 2008.