How Jon Gruden became worth any price to Mark Davis and the Raiders

How Jon Gruden became worth any price to Mark Davis and the Raiders

Mark Davis didn’t have to give Jon Gruden a piece of the Oakland Raiders after all. A huge piece of his flesh was sufficient.
The deal with Gruden is done – a preposterous 10 years and an elephantine $100 million – and will be announced Tuesday.
It is a massive overpay by any definition, especially when you consider that Gruden’s actual resume isn’t as stellar as Raider fans both in the East Bay and across the universe desperately need it to be.
But because they desperately need it to be, Mark Davis desperately needs it to be. And because Davis has always been almost creepily obsessed with returning Gruden to his quasi-ancestral home, his desperation was doubly so.
So Gruden became worth the price, at any price. Even if he doesn’t win a Super Bowl in Oakland, even if he doesn’t win a Super Bowl in Las Vegas, or Mexico City or wherever the Raiders move after that – hell, even if most of that money will go to him after he’s been fired for not being sufficiently Grudenesque.
Mark Davis acted on an itch, and what’s the point of being an owner if you can’t do that? Hell, that’s how Bob Kraft turned Jimmy Garoppolo into a San Francisco 49er.
The only bump in this seemingly freshly paved road will come when Davis’ partner/benefactors in the owners’ suites look at him aghast and say, “WHAT THE HELL DID YOU JUST DO? WE LET YOU MOVE TO LAS VEGAS AND THIS IS HOW YOU DO US?”
Put another way, Bill Belichick is now scandalously underpaid, and he is office-fighting on multiple fronts. Mike Tomlin is being robbed half-blind. And Marvin Lewis – well, he got an extension he probably didn’t merit so he’s probably doing fine.
In any event, Gruden won’t be measured by his money, and since it isn’t yours, you shouldn’t mind either. It’s whether he wins, how often he wins, and if he can win the big one with the team he beat to win the big one he got. He has to fix the locker room, he has to fix the defense, he has to fix Derek Carr . . . he’s got plenty to do, and even if it doesn’t seem like $100 million worth now, it will if he does it.
If he doesn’t – well, like we said, it isn’t your money, and by the time Davis can eat a digestible fraction of his contract, there’s an excellent chance it won’t be his, either. 

NFL rumors: Patriots won't re-sign Antonio Brown after Instagram apology


NFL rumors: Patriots won't re-sign Antonio Brown after Instagram apology

Antonio Brown's lengthy Instagram apology Saturday reportedly didn't sway the New England Patriots. 

The Patriots won't re-sign the one-time Raiders receiver, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday citing league sources. 

Brown currently is under investigation by the NFL following multiple allegations of sexual assault in a federal lawsuit from former trainer Britney Taylor and subsequent accusations of sexual misconduct by an artist who worked in his Pittsburgh-area home in 2017. The Patriots cut Brown a day after it was reported Brown sent threatening text messages to the artist.

Although Schefter wrote that Brown "is expected to find work once the NFL wraps up its investigation," he reported that it is still possible Brown faces league discipline and ends up on the commissioner's exempt list -- even if the investigation ends before the regular season. 

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The Raiders traded multiple draft picks to acquire Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, but cut the receiver before he played a game in Silver and Black. Brown asked for his release once the Raiders voided his contract guarantees following a fine for conduct detrimental to the team.

The 31-year-old was fined after confronting general manager Mike Mayock over missing a practice and a walkthrough during his prolonged helmet grievance with the NFL. The Raiders released Brown two days before the regular season. 

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NFL rumors: Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs a game-time decision vs. Titans


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Josh Jacobs' pain reportedly might be too much to play through Sunday. 

The Raiders running back posted on Snapchat last week that he fractured his shoulder, and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, citing a source, that the rookie out of Alabama is "a true game-time decision" as a result of the injury. 

Jacobs, 21, has run for 1,061 yards on 218 attempts in his record-setting rookie season, surpassing Marcus Allen's first-year rushing mark in Week 9 and crossing the 1,000-yard plateau in last week's blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. 

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The Raiders face a must-win situation Sunday at home against the Tennessee Titans, with Oakland's playoff hopes on life support after back-to-back losses to the New York Jets and the rival Chiefs. Jacobs has been a focal point of the Raiders' offense in his first NFL season, ranking ninth in the league with 236 total touches. 

If Jacobs doesn't play Sunday, he won't be the only big absence in the running game. Starting right tackle Trent Brown will not play at the Coliseum, either.