Remember when Mark Davis was considered the most shallow-pocketed owner in the NFL.
Son of Al was famous for $5 haircuts, driving a minivan, eating at Hooters and for rocking a flip phone. He was once compared to Tommy Boy.
Now, he’s Nick Papagiorgio – certified Vegas baller.
No one can accuse Mark Davis of being cheap any longer. And no one can label Jon Gruden as simply ‘rich.’ Chuckie is spitting $100 bills.
When Davis formally announces Gruden as the Raiders’ head coach at a Tuesday press conference, which was first reported by RaidersSnakepit.com’s Steve Corkran, it will kick off a 10-year contract for Gruden that will be worth $100 million.
This is a game changer for NFL coaches. Hell, for all coaches regardless of sport. Gruden will easily be the highest paid coach of all-time and the contract length is crazy, too.
But this is what Davis has always wanted. He’s been trying to talk Gruden, who Al Davis traded to Tampa Bay 16 years ago, into coming back for years.
Now, with Las Vegas on the horizon, Davis has enough money to bring his hero home. The Raiders were the least valuable team in the NFL for years. Then, months after the NFL approved its move to Las Vegas – the Raiders are set to play there in 2020 – Forbes Magazine valued the team at $2.3 billion. That number will only go up.
So, Davis has money to burn.
That’s why he didn’t care about firing Jack Del Rio with $15 million left on his contract less than a year after giving him an extension. Essentially, Chuckie’s deal is for $115 million.
How does Davis’ crazy spending affect the team? It doesn’t.
Gruden’s money isn’t part of the salary cap. If it doesn’t work and Gruden has to be fired for poor results, only Davis’ pocketbook will suffer.
So, don’t trip about the money.
It belongs to Mark Davis and he has plenty of it.
So, if you’re a Raiders’ fan who still doesn’t like the idea of the team moving to Las Vegas please realize if there were no Las Vegas there would be no Return of Chuckie.
Las Vegas has lined Mark Davis’ pockets and he has no problem using his riches to improve his team.