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Report: Raiders willing to move to NFC to get to Los Angeles

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Levi Damien

One of the stranger reports came out during the owners meeting this week. That being the Raiders would be willing to move to the NFC West if that's what it takes to be considered as one of the teams to move to Los Angeles. This according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Here is the thinking in a nut shell:

There are currently three primary teams vying for a shot at taking up residence in Los Angeles in the brand spanking new state of the art Farmer's Field facility planned for construction there. Those three teams are the Raiders, Chargers, and Rams.

Roger Goodell has made it pretty clear that his preference would be for two teams to share the stadium and the market. The two most logical teams for that move would be the Raiders and Chargers. The problem is, they are in the same division, which is not typically a good thing.

The Chargers with their own dilapidated stadium and lack of attendance along with having rights to LA market already, are the most logical team of all to make the jump up I5 to LA-LA land. That means if the Raiders want to join them, they would have to be willing to switch to the NFC - something Mark Davis is supposedly willing to do.

What would happen is the Raiders would essentially swap out with the Seattle Seahawks with the ‘Hawks moving back to the AFC West where they called home for 25 years from 1977 to 2002 before switching to the NFC West in the realignment.

Whether Mark Davis is entirely serious about being a willing conference nomad is uncertain. What is certain is he needs for Los Angeles to remain a looming possibility to keep Oakland officials from getting the idea they can mess around because Davis doesn't have other viable options.

As long as Davis keeps the LA corridor free of road blocks, the pressure will remain on Oakland to get something done with regard to a new stadium. The Raiders will get their new stadium. Whether that be as a member of AFC West in Oakland, NFC West in Los Angeles, or whatever division in San Antonio Texas.