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If denied L.A., would Rams move elsewhere?

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- There are so many different rumors and permutations of how the Los Angeles relocation threat could play out, that it's often hard to decipher what's really on the table and what's outlandish.

But one new rumor making the rounds is that Rams owner Stan Kroenke would refuse a St. Louis stadium proposal that puts more than $500 million (including PSLs) in public funding on the table if he was denied the chance to move to his planned Inglewood stadium. CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora wrote recently that Kroenke could theoretically still decline the St. Louis stadium even if he's not approved to move to Los Angeles.

The theory then states that Kroenke would continue in the Edward Jones Dome on a year-to-year lease while exploring other potential relocation options such as London. La Canfora goes on to write that if Kroenke were left out of Los Angeles (which would still qualify as a bit of a surprise in some circles) the league could look to placate him elsewhere while opening the door for another team to move to St. Louis in the meantime.

As for my take, honestly, this one seems a bit far-fetched and doesn't make a lot of sense. But for those that want to get into deeper conspiracy theories, there you go.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Monday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we began the day with a look at the trade rumors involving tight end Jared Cook. ... Rams guard Garrett Reynolds has a lot at stake as he steps into the starting lineup. ... Running back Todd Gurley hopes to finish more runs in the end zone. ... St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland will host town hall hearings at the end of the month on the subject of relocation.

Elsewhere:

Great read from ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando on why Peyton Manning could be Denver's downfall.

Grantland.com's Bill Barnwell offers his Week 6 takeaways.

At 101sports.com, a look at the need for more from quarterback Nick Foles after the bye.

At stltoday.com, Dan Caesar writes that the Rams' television ratings in Los Angeles haven't been that good.

Joe Lyons writes that this week's game against Cleveland will be a dream homecoming for Browns cornerback Pierre Desir.

At the Rams' official site, Julia Faron caught up with former Rams linebacker London Fletcher.