The Oakland Raiders will become the Las Vegas Raiders once the 2020 NFL season rolls around. But in 2019, team owner Mark Davis says the team will have a “number of options” of where home will be, per NFL.com.
However, the Raiders are facing a lawsuit from the city of Oakland to recover damages that are connected to the team’s move to Las Vegas — which may complicate a long-term lease for the Raiders.
“As I said, emotionally, you know, I don’t want to pay for my own lawsuit, but for the fans, its something that I have to think about,” Davis told reporters in regards to staying in Oakland.
Davis did also say that San Diego and San Francisco could be destination landings for the Raiders next season. An early move to Las Vegas is possible as well, despite their new stadium not being available until 2020. While not as strong a possibility, San Antonio could also be home to the Raiders. But Davis worries about the turf conditions at the Alamodome.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did say the league wants Oakland to choose a 2019 home stadium in early 2019, though. So in that regard, time is running out. San Diego probably isn’t happening, though, according to NFL.com’s Jim Trotter.
There continues to be chatter about the Raiders playing in San Diego in 2019. Because the city owns Qualcomm Stadium, I asked the Mayor's office about this. Response: "Our office has not been in communication with the Raiders."
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) December 12, 2018
So there’s that.
On the field this season, Oakland has been a mess. All-Pro pass-rusher Khalil Mack doesn’t play for them anymore. Neither does former Pro Bowl wideout Amari Cooper. Now their respective teams are leading their division.