NFL executive Eric Grubman sounds as if he’s skeptical of Oakland’s ability to put an offer on table to keep the Raiders, Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group writes. “I have been to Oakland many times over the last four or five years,” Grubman said. “Each time I’ve gone there I’ve heard that the promise is right around the corner of a master development of that parcel that will include substantial proceeds from a developer, a third party, fourth party or multiple-party developers. I’ve heard that for three or four years and it hasn’t been produced and we have now lost all that time, the time has shrunk. No results have been produced. That, to me is going backward, because the time has shrunk but the probability hasn’t gone up.” Here’s more on the Raiders’ stadium situation and other items from the West divisions..
- Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf told Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter links) that she last spoke with Grubman on Tuesday. She added that she has a potential meeting with Roger Goodell to discuss the Raiders when she’s in New York in early June.
- Mark Davis doesn’t want to share a stadium with the 49ers because he feels that his Raiders would play second fiddle to the building’s primary tenants, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle writes. “There’s not going to be a No. 1 team and No. 2 team” in Carson, he said. “There’s going to be two No. 1 teams, if in fact that’s how it happens (referring to the Chargers-Raiders partnership). We’re designing it together. We’re making all the decisions together.… “San Francisco did a phenomenal job of getting something done in California — on their own. To finance a stadium and get it built. And you give them a lot of credit. But it’s not a Raider type of area. It’s just not going to work for the Raiders.”
- Things are wide open when it comes to the Cardinals‘ third quarterback battle and it’s a race worth watching, Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com writes.