This week’s ESPN bombshell: Raiders owner Al Davis deducted $120,000 from the paychecks of coach Tom Cable during the course of the season as fines for the club losing organized team activity sessions as mandated by the NFL.
As reported by Adam Schefter, Cable has filed a grievance with the NFL to recover the money.
Amid that backdrop of the owner fighting with each of the last two head coaches over money, the Raiders are expected to name Hue Jackson as head coach early this week. Schefter reported longtime NFL assistant Al Saunders, who has been interviewed by Davis as a head coaching candidate at least twice, as a potential offensive coordinator.
The Raiders confirmed a single interview as part of the “process” of naming a new coach, giving no names and not specifying whether it was for the head coaching position or not.
A week ago, ESPN reported cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha had failed to hit likely incentives and his contract had voided.
In other news, ESPN also reported former Raiders and Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will serve in that capacity for the Dallas Cowboys, meaning he won’t be coming back to Oakland. The contract of two-year defensive coordinator John Marshall has expired and the Raiders are expired and he is not expected to return.