Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, that the Chargers and Raiders plan to build a new stadium in Carson would likely result in one of them moving to the NFC West.
According to Florio, the current thinking is that the Raiders would be the most likely of the two to join the NFC West.
However, there is no indication as to which team from NFC West would move to the AFC West to replace the Raiders.
It’s worth mentioning that the Seahawks previously played in the AFC West from 1977 through 2001, but Florio mentions that early “rumor/expectation” is that the Rams or Cardinals are the two teams to watch.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times first reported that the Chargers and Raiders are moving forward and plan to build a $1.7-billion NFL stadium in Carson that would be shared by both teams.
The Chargers and Raiders later released an extensive joint statement regarding their plans.
We have both been working in our home markets to find a stadium solution for many years, so far unsuccessfully.
We remain committed to continuing to work in our home markets throughout 2015 to try to find publicly acceptable solutions to the long-term stadium issue.
We also both understand and respect the NFL’s relocation process, and we intend to adhere strictly to the relocation procedures that the League has set forth for Los Angeles.
In particular, we respect the right of the NFL’s owners to decide on all Los Angeles-related relocation issues and understand that any relocation application that is filed for Los Angeles must obtain the approval of three-fourths of the NFL’s owners.
Both teams have kept the NFL owners’ committee on Los Angeles, and the Commissioner, fully informed about our joint efforts.
We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.
In short, for the remainder of 2015, we intend to move down two tracks simultaneously:
On track one, we will continue to work in our home markets to find permanent stadium solutions that are publicly acceptable.
On track two, we will work in Carson to preserve our options, and the future economic viability of our franchises, in the event that our efforts in our local markets fail.
Throughout this process we will respect the rules and procedures set forth by the League and defer completely to the ultimate decision of the NFL’s owners.
All of this is contingent upon the Chargers and Raiders actually getting this new stadium project figured out.
The two teams will continue to speak with their current cities about opportunities in San Diego and Oakland, so there is still a long ways to go in regards to this situation.