NFL Franchise Notes: Late Jon Richardson Called For Sale Of Panthers' Stake In Will
In Charlotte, Rick Rothacker reports late Panthers exec Jon Richardson, the son of Owner Jerry Richardson, indicated in his will that he "wanted his portion of the team sold after his death." The Richardson family owns 47% of the "partnership that owns the team and stadium," with Jon Richardson's share around 7% of that figure. The will "provides no details on his stake in the team or why he wanted it sold." The sale of the stake "would be a shift for a Panthers ownership group that has changed little since Jerry Richardson landed the franchise" in '93 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/8).
STAY BY THE BAY: In Oakland, Steve Corkran reports Raiders Owner Mark Davis following a meeting last night said that Dennis Allen "is going to remain" as the team's coach for '14. Davis said, "It's been that way ever since he signed a four-year contract to be the head coach." When asked if there was any uncertainty moving forward, Davis said, "No. There hasn't been a question about it, either." Davis added that Allen's job "ultimately rests" with GM Reggie McKenzie (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 1/8). Allen is "coming off back-to-back 4-12 seasons his first two years," but McKenzie remains "firmly in his corner" (SFGATE.com, 1/7).
PAY TO WIN: ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas wrote there is an "old myth" about how the Glazer family, which owns the Buccaneers, "is cheap." The Bucs are still on the hook for recently fired Greg Schiano's contract, which averaged $3M a year, but they "didn't want to put up with losing anymore." That is why the Glazers "went out and paid even more money to replace Schiano with Lovie Smith," giving him a deal worth around $22M for a reported four years. The Glazers "might not be perfect owners," but "don't call them cheap" (ESPN.com, 1/7).