The Raiders are actively walking down what owner Mark Davis calls a "parallel path" to getting a new stadium.
While some details of the latest proposal to keep the Raiders in Oakland has been panned by critics and defended by developer Floyd Kephart, Davis and Chargers owner Dean Spanos were in Los Angeles discussing a privately-financed $1.7 billion project in the suburb of Carson.
Davis and Spanos met with L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti and other public officials to discuss a project that could bring the NFL back to the nation’s second-largest media market, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The St. Louis Rams have a competing proposal in Inglewood that could house one or two teams.
The Chargers and Raiders joined forces on this Carson stadium project, which has been fast-tracked by that city’s public officials. The teams would only move if efforts in their respective home markets failed to produce a new stadium.
The Chargers have struggled working with San Diego, and the Raiders are not close to a transaction to stay in the East Bay. The NFL will update owners on L.A. relocation possibilities in an August meeting in Chicago. The league could have teams reassigned to Los Angeles by the end of this calendar year in preparation for play in the 2016 season.
The NFL is currently evaluating temporary stadium facilities for a team or teams relocating to L.A. Stadium construction on the Rams’ Inglewood project could be complete by the 2018 season, and the Carson project could get finished in 2019.