Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn’t make threats. He makes plans.
With the Raiders on a one-year lease at O.co Coliseum and with the A’s possibly getting a 10-year lease that would complicate efforts to tear the Cow (Pie) Palace down and build a new venue on the same site, Davis is exploring options in a state that already has a pair of NFL teams.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Davis and a pair of “top lieutenants” recently met with San Antonio officials to talk about a move of the Raiders.
Per the report, the meeting began on July 18, with Davis and company touring the Alamodome and other locations during a two-to-three day visit.
If a move happens, the Alamodome likely would be the temporary home until a new stadium is built.
Davis reportedly wants “a small, intimate” stadium in front of which he can place a statue of his father, the late Al Davis.
“We don’t have any information about it, so there is no reason for us to comment,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Express-News on Tuesday. “We have received no applications from any of our teams to relocate at this point, so there is nothing for us to respond to.”
The window for filing an application to relocate opens after the season, and it’s possible that Davis will make an application to move somewhere/anywhere absent a tangible plan to build a new home for the Raiders in the Bay Area.