With the shedding of several veteran players and the lack of interest in big name free agents, one has to wonder? Does Al Davis have money to burn?
Davis gave $14 million to Javon Walker in two fruitless seasons and big money to his Asomugha, Kelly, and his special teams unit over the past couple years.
What kind of cash does Al Davis have to spend? Could he be saving for a potential lockout?
Based on Forbes.com 2009 listing. The Raiders posted a league worst -$5.7 million operating income. That same Forbes list had revenue at $215 million and player expenses at 168 million.
This leaves very roughly just about $41 million for bonuses and other spending this offseason. Provided Davis hasn’t been saving significant portions of cash in the last few seasons.
With Seymour’s tag and Routt’s tender, pushing the salary higher this season than in years past, Al Davis’ wallet could be on the light side.
In the past, money has never been a true obstacle for Al Davis. He signs who he wants and is notoriously frugal in certain areas to accomdate his wants.
This year could be different. Al Davis might be forced to make some moves he otherwise wouldn’t make. If that means Al Davis is reversing the impluses of the past 7 season, could mean reversing the results as well?
Time will tell.