One kickoff paid handsomely for Dave Rayner

On Saturday, the Raiders signed kicker Dave Rayner. On Sunday, he got on the field for all of one play, the opening kickoff. On Tuesday, he was waived.

For that effort, Rayner walked away with more than a lot of Americans make in a full year.

Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune mentioned that Rayner would probably make $40,000 for that one kickoff, and by my back-of-the-envelope calculation it’s actually a little more than that: Rayner’s pre-tax paycheck should be $40,294.12, which is one-seventeenth of $685,000, the league minimum salary for a player with 4-6 credited seasons.

Rayner would actually be eligible for even more than that — 25 percent of a full year’s salary as termination pay — but players can only collect that once in their careers, and I’m assuming he collected that in 2008, when he played two games for the Bengals.

In any event, Rayner was only with the Raiders for a couple days, and since their offense played so ineptly that he never attempted a field goal or extra point, his one kickoff (which went five yards into the end zone and was returned to the 23-yard line) was all the work he did. Nice work if you can get it.

19 responses to “One kickoff paid handsomely for Dave Rayner

  1. yeah well that KC game was BS…

    how many teams throw 6 picks and only lose by 28.

    Most teams would have lost by 40, the KC – Oakland game was actually closer then score, no really it was, watch it on NFL Shortcuts on Directv ,

    how many times Boller and Carson had the Raiders driving and threw a crazy ball out there and it got picked,

    Carson gets a pass, he just looked happy to be on a football field again, he knew like a few plays drawn up in the sand and 4 line protections, limited audibles if any…

    and by the way McFadden was out of the game within the first 5 minutes

    bye week perfect , everyone comes back from injury, sets up for

    Carson vs. Tebow

    Denver will beat an Stafford-less Lions and head into Oakland with momentum,

    AFC WEST SHOWDOWN!

  2. Mjbull. You’re obviously delusional. The Chiefs were ready to score again at the end of the game and ended up taking a knee at the 10 yard . The last quarter the Chiefs primarily ran the ball to eat time and preserve the win. They easily could have scored another 14 points. You have bigger issues upcoming so worry about the Raiders and Carson Palmer instead of trying to convince people that your beat down at home didn’t happen.

  3. The Raiders should cut almost everybody else on that team and keep Raynor,to blame your futility on a kicker is really passing the buck,Al wouldnt have fired him.

  4. Just nice to know Jano’s hammy issue wasn’t that bad… Line Jano and Scobee Bryant from the Jags up and let them take turns playing horse with their legs to decide who gets the probowl nod….

  5. billh1947 says:
    Oct 26, 2011 12:27 PM
    The Raiders should cut almost everybody else on that team and keep Raynor,to blame your futility on a kicker is really passing the buck,Al wouldnt have fired him.

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    Um.. no one was blaming Rayner for the loss… he was waived because he was a one week fill in for Janikowski… do you even watch football?

  6. I think it was 2006 that the Vikings had injuries to two quarterbacks one week so they signed either Ty Detmer or Koy Detmer on a Tuesday. At least one of the quarterbacks turned out to be able to play, so they cut Detmer before the game on Sunday, and he wound up pocketing $90,000 for those few days of practice.

  7. I’m okay with it. He was the only Raider who earned his game check on Sunday. Nobody else did their job at all.

  8. He also gets lifetime health insurance from the league for playing in that one game. Good for him.

  9. In any event, Rayner was only with the Raiders for a couple days, and since their offense played so ineptly that he never attempted a field goal or extra point…

    They could have brought him out for at least one field goal try, but Jackson went for the direct snap to Bush on the 1 instead. I’m surprised Chief fan isn’t talking up that linebacker-Johnson?-that beat Bush to the paint several times. That dude earned his paycheck.

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