Publicly, NFL owners aren’t saying much about where they stand on the Los Angeles situation, but five owners have told Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link) that they would be in favor of a plan marrying the Rams and Chargers. Of course, that would leave the Raiders out in the cold, but owner Mark Davis could improve his team’s chances by selling a portion of the team to an L.A. investor. That’s a transaction that could take place “very soon,” according to a source who spoke with Cole.
Here’s more from the AFC West..
- Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has signed with Vanguard Sports and agent Joby Branion, according to Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal (on Twitter). Allen was formerly repped by Athletes First. Allen, a 2013 third-round pick, is under contract through 2016 and earning less than $1MM this season and next. Needless to say, his next deal should be for a whole lot more.
- Sebastian Janikowski is on the verge of setting the Raiders record for most games played and it sounds like he could pad his lead quite a bit. Long snapper Jon Condo says that Janikowski feels as though he could kick into his mid-40s and the kicker agrees, as Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle writes. “You look at my stats?” the 37-year-old asked. “That’s how I can tell. I’m doing the same thing I did 10 years ago, hitting 60-yarders in warm-ups before games. I don’t see the difference. The more you do, the more you work out, you can be strong.”
- Fun fact from Steve Corkran of RaiderBeat.com (on Twitter): Only five players remain on the Raiders‘ 53-man roster who were on the team when Al Davis died four years ago. None of those five players are starters.