How much cash does Al have?


Conventional wisdom over the past few years is that the Raiders are hurting financially.

They added new investors a couple of years back. They’re playing before crowds in the 30,000-range. Forbes magazine ranked Oakland 32nd in 2009 in terms of franchise value.

But as free agency opens at 9 p.m. tonight on the West Coast, never underestimate Davis’ ability to strike for a player he really wants.

The Raiders spend little on P.R., support staff and look to cut corners in every way possible except the acquisition of talent.

Here’s just some of the money the Raiders are scheduled to pay out this year:

— More than $16 million in bonuses and salary to Nnamdi Asomugha. (His salary is only $775,000).

— $12.38 million to Richard Seymour as the exclusive franchise player.

— $9.45 million to JaMarcus Russell.

— $5.75 million to safety Michael Huff.

— $4.5 million to defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.

— $3.268 million to first- and third round tender corner Stanford Routt.

— $2.6 million to cornerback Chris Johnson.

— $2.6 million to wide receiver Javon Walker (guaranteed _ they pay it even if they cut him).

— $2.6 million to Shane Lechler and $2 million to Sebastian Janikowski

— $2.5 million to defensive end Greg Ellis.

— Just under $7 million to second-round tender free agents Bruce Gradkowski, Thomas Howard, Jon Condo and Hiram Eugene.

— A little over $2.5 million to Kirk Morrison if he doesn’t come back with an offer sheet.

That’s nearly $60 million spent on 16 players on what will eventually be a 53-man roster, and doesn’t even include bonus payments which aren’t available to the likes of Darren McFadden and Robert Gallery. McFadden’s salary is $470,000 and Gallery’s $1.6 million. Nor does it include what it will take to pay the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft.

ESPN is reporting the possible demise of Justin Fargas and Gerard Warren because of upcoming bonus payments, although don’t rule out the possibility of one or both remaining with the team, either signing after being cut or adjusting their scheduled bonuses.

There is no salary cap, so Davis can spend as much as he wants, and at least Raiders fans won’t have to concern themselves with an owner saving up his cash for the lockout 2011 lockout.

The point is this _ if Davis is even thinking about inserting himself into the Julius Peppers sweepstakes, which begin in a few hours, or has his eyes on Karlos Dansby, let’s dispense with the stories about how the Raiders don’t have enough cash on hands to compete with the higher revenue teams.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderDebo

    vegas raider Says:
    March 4th, 2010 at 7:09 pm
    If you guys think Bruce has a noodle-arm, than what would you call Troy Smith?

    Despite being the premier athlete for QB’s of his draft, and being a super-stand up guy, he fell to the 5th round and now can be had for that same 5th round pick.

    Great guy, great collegiate player, less talented than even Bruce Gradkowski.

    Dude, guess we agree that Troy Smith doesn’t need to be signed. But how the hell is Grads better? I’m just saying why bring another backup to compete. To me, if you bring Troy in, why have Grads? In fact, I’d probably rather have Troy. You’re really serious about Grads, huh?

  • Midwest Fan

    Hey O, did you happen to see my post above?

  • Random Drug Tester

    nothing more dangerous than a cornered weasel. Al has the 2 things necessary to win it all…nothing to lose with money to lose.

  • Chris in NY

    I’m not saying Troy Smith would be handed the job over Bruce or anything. They’re actually quite similar in terms of size, speed, arm strength, etc. I think that’s a good thing. More competition. Best man wins.

    Smith regularly completed 70% of his passes in college. Accuracy is one of the two biggest keys to being a successful NFL QB (decision-making being the other). I’ve liked what I’ve seen from glimpses of Smith and what he did in college. He’s a Heisman winner for a reason. He dropped in the draft because of his height and a poor National Championship game against Florida. He had Flacco beat for that job coming out of camp, not going in, before he got sick and Flacco took off.

    He’s not going to break the bank. Would only cost us a 5th rounder in compensation. Hue Jackson is obviously very familiar with him. I can’t think of a reason why we shouldn’t sign Smith.

  • We know Vegas, we know!
    Bruce GarbageKowski Is Great! His mom cooked for the entire team, and he works hard!

  • RaiderDebo

    Midwest Fan Says:
    March 4th, 2010 at 7:01 pm
    Have a semi-realistic question for you Debo. What do you think about Russell playing behind McNabb for a few years?

    Realistically, it’s a terrible idea! Why the hell does JR need to sit for 1 year, let alone 2 or 3?? Hue can me JR’s mentor. I’m of the opinion that the questions about his work ethic and knowldege of the playbook are overblown. Despite the poor year, I think he learned plenty last year. Assuming the talent around him is improved and the existing talent plays better than last year, I expect JR to improve as well. No need for McNabb.

  • SD_Raider_619

    Cromartie to the jets for a 3rd round pick in 2011

  • Chris in NY


    Besides blind hope, what makes you think JaBigmac is going to improve?

  • Bruce did this…
    Bruce did that…


    Bruce is a 6th RD pick
    Bruce was released from TB & Cleveland ( 2 teams that need a QB)
    Bruce has no Arm
    Bruce on his 4th season in the NFL played 3 games and had a QB rating of 80.6 (JR in his 2nd year which was considered his rookie season, he had a rating of 77.1)

  • Midwest Fan

    I have to agree with you CNY, would love to have Smith on our team.

  • With Hue here, and our QB situation in the state it is in, and having two 5th rounders this year, and if we don’t make that tender, well that is everything you need to know.

    And where is this coming from that he was set to start for Flacco? From wiki: “Smith was scheduled to start in the third preseason game of the 2008 season, but became ill with a rare case of tonsillitis”

    So basically, he didn’t even start the first two games of the preseason, and was about to get his chance before he got sick. Don’t know how that equates to beating out Flacco in camp.

    Chris, regulary 70%??? Try NEVER 70%.


  • buckeyeraider

    Fair enough points SNB. I think we both agree Al needs help in the front office. We also agree on Pierce. I said a week or so ago, he could be a more realistic plan B to signing Dansby in FA. IF the guys neck is healed, he would be a more physical, upgrade to Kirk in the middle. Plus, the guy’s already stated he grew up a Raider fan in Los Angeles. We know how Al loves those Raider fans.
    Still holding out hope for Dansby though, until proven otherwise. That guy is a beast.

  • RaiderRon

    There is NO rational reason at this point of his carreer for anyone to believe Russell will ever be a serviceable NFL starter.

  • Chris in NY

    Raider O Says:
    March 4th, 2010 at 7:34 pm
    We know Vegas, we know!
    Bruce GarbageKowski Is Great! His mom cooked for the entire team, and he works hard!


    And he went 2-1 against three good teams. And he showed mobility and better ability to make plays in the passing game than JaMarcus. And he was universally credited by Raiders players and coaches for being a much-needed leader at the QB position. And he was on pace for his second 300-yard game in four starts when he went down against Washington.

    JaBigmac, incidentally, has yet to have a single 300-yard game in his career. And has a winning pct. far south of .500. And has terrible footwork and pocket presence that leads to a ton of sacks and sack-fumbles. And is universally criticized by players and coaches for not being a leader. And has completed ridiculously few passes downfield in his time as a starter.

  • RaiderRon

    Carlos Dansby to the Raiders??? Must be a joke.

  • RaiderRon

    Bruce Gradkowski is a backup QB in this league.
    Jamrcus Russell isnt even 3rd string material.

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  • Chris in NY

    You’re right. Should’ve double-checked on Smith’s accuracy stats. Not sure why I remembered them being that high. Still, in his two full seasons as a starter, he completed 62.9% and 65.3%. Very, very good.

    — His TD/INT ratio in those two years: 46/10
    — His passer ratings in those two years: 162.66 & 161.91
    — The percentage of 1st place Heisman votes he received: 86.7% (A Heisman record).

    And while Smith didn’t officially have the QB job in Baltimore before he got sick, he was an overwhelming favorite: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3560175

  • djohnnyg

    Somebody wake Al Davis up from his nap and tell him that free agency started.

  • maine_raider

    Can we please get Mike Vick !!!!!! and mayb TO