It’s been nothing more than speculation and educated guessing that John Madden was the “unique” person Al Davis hinted would be joining the Raiders in a front office capacity.
With Madden’s retirement from announcing, the chatter will increase.
A few things to remember.
Madden is 73 years old and it seems doubtful he’ll charge straight into a high-pressure, fulltime front office job with huge responsibility.
Madden hasn’t been involved in the inner workings of a football team since he left the sideline 30 years ago, other than production meetings and interviews with coaches and players to prepare for broadcasts.
Madden is extremely loyal to Al Davis and it wouldn’t stretch the bounds of the imagination should he try to help the club in some capacity.
If nothing else, Madden could certainly give the preseason television broadcasts a big ratings jolt.