While a new stadium deal in Oakland for the Raiders is still a long way from reality, a good step was made Friday.
The Oakland city council voted unanimously to add Alameda County to the joint agreement the city signed with the New City Development. The development’s goal is to finance two new stadiums at the proposed Coliseum City complex in Oakland. It would house new stadiums for both the Raiders and Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics.
The proposal is in the early stages, but the agreement between the city and county is a solid step in the right direction toward keeping the Raiders happy in Oakland. In February, the Raiders joined forces with the San Diego Chargers on a proposal for a new stadium in Los Angeles. Both teams told their respective cities that they have until the end of this year to get a stadium secured or they will move forward with the Los Angeles stadium plan. The Raiders recently signed another one-year lease to play in Oakland for the 2015 season.
In other Raiders’ notes:
The Raiders have $22.4 million in salary-cap room. It’s the fifth-most in the NFL.
The league is expected to disperse compensatory draft picks at the NFL owners meetings this week. The Raiders aren’t expected to get one.