While Davis didn’t rule out another lease at the Coliseum while Oakland tries to find a way to build a new stadium, he made it clear that he will continue to explore alternative options to give his team a new home.
This became even clearer Thursday night.
After exploring options at the current Coliseum site, various locations in Los Angeles, and even San Antonio, Davis appears to have reached out to a division rival for some help.
Both the San Diego Chargers and Raiders announced on Thursday that they have come up with a plan to build a $1.7 billion, privately-funded stadium in Carson, Calif. Both teams would share the stadium if they relocated to Los Angeles.
In their statement, both teams cited the fact that they have worked out to figure out solutions in their respective markets - and will continue to do so - but must keep work going in Carson to keep options open.
"We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises," the teams said in the joint statement, according to ESPN.com
The NFL strongly dislikes the idea of two teams in the same conference playing in the same stadium, let alone the same division. This likely means that either the Chargers or the Raiders would have to move to the NFC West, which doesn’t appear to be enough to discourage either team from moving forward.
Since a stadium would take some time to be completed, the Raiders would likely have to play in the Rose Bowl until it was completed.
We’ll have to keep an eye on the situation moving forward, but the picture is clear - the City of Oakland needs to do something quickly to keep the Raiders around.