Sometimes it feels like the Raiders have been looking for a new stadium since the moment they set foot back in Oakland, but they continue to play in the O.co Coliseum without any word of real progress toward a new building.
On Tuesday, Davis told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that the team has $400 million to put toward construction of a new home in Oakland but “we need help” if that’s going to happen. Davis also repeated his familiar offseason refrain that such help — “whether it’s private, public” — has to come sooner rather than later or the team will explore possibilities outside of Oakland with their agreement at their current digs up after the season.
“I would probably say [negotiations are in] the 11th hour,” Davis said. “It’s always the 11th hour because we’ve been waiting a long time, been waiting a long time on this project. If it doesn’t happen, then we have to start looking at the other options. … We want to stay in Oakland. We want to get something done.
There have been reports that Oakland prioritizes settling the Raiders’ stadium situation before dealing with the A’s own needs, but, like any other flickers of hope about new construction, that hasn’t been followed by anything more substantive. It’s a cycle Davis has talked about breaking many times without success, although Oakland has a chance as long as Davis keeps talking without acting.