NFL Owners Meetings Begin Today

The NFL opens its league meetings today in Houston, but discussion will likely center on Los Angeles.

The fact that Los Angeles doesn't have an NFL franchise still miffs Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, the networks that carry football that don't have a team in the country's second-largest market and owners who envisioned expansion giving all of them a huge piece of the expansion pie.

Instead, L.A. has been designated as the top priority for a relocation site and, with the NFL owners meetings opening today in Houston, the prevailing opinion is that it isn't if a team moves to L.A., it's when.

The usual suspects mentioned when it comes to relocation to a new L.A. venue are the Cardinals, Vikings, Raiders, Saints and Chargers. The good news for Vikings fans is that the Raiders and Cardinals are the two teams mentioned most prominently in that move.

However, with ownership groups eyeing the Vikings, L.A. looking for a team and Red McCombs looking for leverage to get a new stadium, don't be surprised if the Vikings start coming up more frequently in conversations about relocation in the coming days, weeks and months.

* The Vikings continue to quietly work the free agent market and a signing may come down in the next week, although nothing is immediately seen as being a done deal unless negotiations fall right in a hurry.
* Former Viking Terry Allen may finally have seen his last action. Allen, who has bounced around the league the last few years, spent last season as a part-time starter for Baltimore, but Brian Billick said it's unlikely he'll be back this year, which will probably spell the end of Allen's NFL career.

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