Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB spoke with various NFL owners to get their take on the Raiders‘ potential move to Las Vegas. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie expressed some concerns about the idea, though he did not cite gambling as a major problem.
“I’d be open to it. My only question is, is it a really good NFL market?,” Lurie said. “I’m not totally worried about a lot of other things. I am more worried, is it a great market for the NFL? I don’t know enough about that. I never thought about it much before. It has to support 70,000 every weekend. It is not an NBA team, like say the Thunder, which does an incredible job of supporting their smaller market. We have got to make sure it really will support a team if a team goes there, but I am open to it.”
Here’s more from the AFC and NFC West:
- The Rams believe they have in-house options to replace cornerback Janoris Jenkins, safety Rodney McLeod, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, and defensive end Chris Long, but it remains to be seen whether they can get the job done, as ESPN.com’s Nick Wagoner writes. Now, Los Angeles is hoping for big performances out of the likes of cornerback E.J. Gaines, safety Maurice Alexander, linebacker Alec Ogletree, and defensive end William Hayes to help fill the void.
- Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com believes that the Chargers, ideally, would like to bring Manti Te’o back on a multi-year deal when his contract expires after the 2016 season. However, the linebacker will have to prove that he can stay healthy. The 25-year-old missed 13 games in his first three years because of various foot and ankle ailments. In 2015, the Notre Dame product emerged as a team leader on defense and finished with a team-high 83 tackles. If he can stay on the field, the Chargers would like to have him and Denzel Perryman as their main players at inside linebacker.
- After a surprisingly productive season with the Cardinals, Dwight Freeney remains on the open market as we turn the calendar to June. Over the weekend, PFR’s Rory Parks asked readers to weigh in on where the multiple-time Pro Bowler could wind up.