Gruden later confirmed the news, telling the Bengals' official website in a text message: "Decided to stay here and not pursue any other job."
"We were going on the fly with no offseason workouts, and we're looking forward to being able to sit down and get to know it better," wide receiver Andrew Hawkins told the Bengals' website about Gruden deciding to stay in Cincinnati. "A change is something that could have killed your quarterback. Or take a guy like (tight end) Jermaine Gresham. It would have been his third system in three years. That's tough."
Said center Kyle Cook: "It's awesome that he would want to stay and build on what we've got here. Look at what he did here in just one year. He brings youth, he brings enthusiasm. It was a change of culture to what we had before. It's what we can do and how can attack things and about building positives."