The NFL charged Rams owner Stan Kroenke a hefty sum to move from St. Louis to L.A. $650 million, in fact.
The league will go easier on the Raiders should they gain approval to leave for Las Vegas.
MMQB.com's Albert Breer reported late Tuesday night the Raiders relocation fee should run between $325-375 million.
That should ease the Raiders burden and long-term debt service while adjusting to life in Sin City.
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Kroenke's fee was an unprecedented total, billed for the right to relocate to the nation’s second-largest media market. The same anvil dropped on Chargers owner Dean Spanos when he bolted from San Diego.
CSN California reported Tuesday morning that Raiders relocation is on the agenda at next week’s NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, with discussion set for Monday. Should the NFL’s stadium and finance committees make positive a recommendation and the Raiders resolve outstanding issues, owners could vote on the relocation application that same day or later in the meetings.
If the application comes to a vote, Raiders relocation should get approved. The Raiders need 24 of 32 votes to relocate.
The Raiders are pushing to relocate and begin construction on an estimated $1.9 billion stadium project in Las Vegas financed by Bank of America. Nevadans have kicked in $750 million in public funds, with $500 million coming from the Raiders and an NFL loan, and $650 million in direct financing from BofA.
Free agent linebacker Zach Brown visited the Raiders facility last week and left without a contract. That doesn’t mean the Silver and Black are out of the running.
Brown’s camp remains in talks with the Raiders on a possible contract, Brown’s new agents, Jason and Michael Katz, told CSN California on Tuesday afternoon. The Raiders aren’t the only team vying for Brown’s services. He completed a visit with the Miami Dolphins earlier Tuesday, and NFL Network reports he’ll visit Buffalo next.
He spent last season with the Bills, and had a career year. Brown had 148 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception during his only season in Buffalo. He spent the previous four years with the Tennessee Titans.
Brown stands 6-foot-1, 248 pounds and is a quality coverage linebacker, something the Raiders need even after signing Miami weakside linebacker Jelani Jenkins to a one-year contract on Monday.
Two-year starter Malcolm Smith signed with the 49ers this offseason, and Perry Riley Jr. remains on the open market. The Raiders could re-sign Riley, who brought stability to the middle linebacker spot after joining the Raiders during the 2016 season.
Brown changed representation during his time on the open market. He recently hired Jason and Michael Katz of CSE Football, a move that was announced on Tuesday morning.
Amari Cooper draws some big paychecks. The 2015 No. 4 overall pick and two-time Pro Bowl receiver isn’t keeping it all to himself.
The Raiders receiver took care of the person who took care of him growing up, and bought his mother a house and a car. Cooper honored his mother Michelle Green publicly in a Tuesday Instagram post, with a picture of her in front of a beautiful home and a new SUV.
“I grew up in the projects, we didn't even own a car,” Cooper wrote in his post. “The whole story is way too long and melancholic, but just know a dream can go a long way if it's followed by faith and hard work. It took us 20+ years but now my mother has the house and car of her dreams. You deserve it mama, I love you.”