Put me down for $50 for root. Unlocked bootloader would be even better, but not necessary for me.
If someone can find a way to downgrade from 4.4 to 4.2, that would be sufficient to claim the bounty, right? I really like these new droid phones, I bought the droid mini because it was the best small phone available, and still is in my opinion. Whether we can get root or not, I appreciate the work that the dev community has put into getting us this far.