Myth: No one's underpaid on the Raiders.
Reality: If a player is performing, Davis will usually upgrade his contract, without request, after two years. Long feels he's underpaid, even though he got a raise last year. Long says he makes $120,000, which, he complains, is "64th-best among NFL defensive ends." "I'll catch him up," Davis says. "Look, I can't do a guy every 15 minutes."
So the Raiders' future is promising. After the Super Bowl victory over Washington, Davis said, "We'll be even better next year." But a few months ago, when the players got their rings, he warned them against overconfidence.
"It was classic Al Davis," LoCasale says. "He told them, 'You can't talk about it. You've got to do it. Everyone's gonna be shooting for us.' "
Haven't they always?