ALAMEDA – There has been significant talk about the Raiders leaving Oakland in the near future.
Owner Mark Davis had serious talks with the city of San Antonio – though that still seems like a longshot – and are routinely associated with a possible move to Los Angeles.
Popular sports figures Magic Johnson and Marcus Allen have suggested the Raiders should move back to Los Angeles, where they played from 1982-1994.
While Davis’ frustration with East Bay politicians is understandable considering the lack of tangible progress in building a new NFL stadium to replace the over-the-hill O.co Coliseum, loyal Oakland Raiders fans would be hurt the most.
Free safety Charles Woodson understands that. The Raiders No. 4 overall pick in the 1998 draft, back with the Silver and Black for a second stint, knows it would be hard on fans to have the Raiders leave the same town twice.
“I think it’d be devastating,” Woodson said. “It’s happened once before and a lot of people are still bitter about that, and I think it would be doubling down on that bitterness if they were to leave again. I think it’d be tough for the City of Oakland.”