Sparano inks 2-year deal to stay with Raiders


ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders announced late Friday afternoon that Tony Sparano has signed a two-year contract to remain the team’s assistant head coach/offensive line coach.

The move comes after Sparano had been mentioned as a candidate to join Lovie Smith’s staff in Tampa Bay.

Heading into the week, only offensive coordinator Greg Olson and linebackers coach Bob Sanders had contracts for 2014 among coach Dennis Allen’s assistants. At least three other coaches on Tuesday agreed to one-year extensions with Allen having two years remaining on his contract.

There had been a potential snag as owner Mark Davis was leaning toward one-year deals for coaches with expiring contracts.

But with Sparano getting two years, his contract length and, thus, job security is now the same as Allen’s. The move also ensures continuity on the offensive line.

  • Covered Raiders for CSNBayArea.com and Sacramento Bee for eight years
  • Member of Pro Football Writers Association
  • Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated

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