Remember the extra $100 million that had been supposedly offered to St. Louis in order to get a stadium deal done there? That money, which never was offered to St. Louis, has been offered to San Diego.
In a statement issued Tuesday night, Chargers owner Dean Spanos disclosed that his L.A.-or-stay option includes a nine-figure sweetener to a possible San Diego deal.
“My goal from the start of this process was to create the options necessary to safeguard the future of the Chargers franchise while respecting the will of my fellow NFL owners,” Spanos said. “Today we achieved this goal with the compromise reached by NFL ownership. The Chargers have been approved to relocate to Los Angeles, at the Inglewood location, at any time in the next year. In addition, the NFL has granted an additional $100 million in assistance in the event there is a potential solution that can be placed before voters in San Diego. I will be working over the next several weeks to explore the options that we have now created for ourselves to determine the best path forward for the Chargers.”
The options are simple: Work out a deal with the Rams to play in Inglewood, or work out a deal to stay in San Diego. However, staying in San Diego could eventually result in the Raiders taking the Chargers’ spot in Inglewood.
Either way, Spanos now has two clear options. The question becomes which one he will pursue.
There’s still one major source of ambiguity. In the deadline-driven world of the NFL, it’s hard to know when the true drop-dead date is for the Chargers to remain in San Diego for at least another year or to share the Coliseum with the Rams and USC.