The Raiders are worth a lot more money today than they were one year ago.
The franchise valuation is now $2.38 billion -- the 19th highest mark in the NFL, according to Forbes.
Last year, Mark Davis' team was valued at $2.1 billion -- 20th in the league.
That is a 13 percent year-over-year increase.
Only the Falcons (16 percent), Cowboys (14 percent) and Saints (14 percent) took bigger leaps.
In May, the NFL approved the Raiders move to Las Vegas, which will likely happen for the 2019 season or possibly 2020 when the new stadium will be ready. A good team makes it easier to sell tickets and sponsorships. It was logical that in June, the Raiders and quarterback, Derek Carr finalized a five-year contract extension worth $125 million, making Carr the highest paid player in NFL history at the time. The Raiders had more than $32 million in salary cap room, and Carr was set to make less than $1 million for 2017, the last year of his four-year, $5.4 million rookie deal. Carr led the Raiders in 2016 to their first playoff appearance since 2002 with 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions. The 2014 second-round pick is the only QB in NFL history to throw more than 80 TD passes with fewer than 40 interceptions during his first three seasons.
The Raiders beat the Jets, 45-20, on Sunday to move to 2-0 on the season.