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Eric Dickerson says Rams belong in Los Angeles

Eric Dickerson would like to see the Rams return to Los Angeles, where we spent the first five seasons of his Hall of Fame career. Ron Vesely/Getty Images

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Legendary Rams running back Eric Dickerson has never been shy about expressing his opinion on a wide variety of topics, not least of which includes his preferred home for the franchise that gave him his start.

Last week at his charity golf tournament in Los Angeles, Dickerson spoke to ESPN's Arash Markazi about where he'd like to see the Rams play their football in 2016 and beyond. As you might expect for a player who spent his first five seasons playing for the Los Angeles version of the team, Dickerson made it clear he'd like to see the team return to the City of Angels.

"I believe the Rams belong here [in Los Angeles]," Dickerson told ESPN. "That's like the Packers not being in Green Bay. You couldn't imagine that. I just feel like they need to be back in L.A. I go to St. Louis and support them, don't get me wrong. I don't care where they go, I'll still support them, but I would like them back in Los Angeles. I live in Los Angeles and a lot of players live here who played for the Los Angeles Rams."

Fellow legendary running back Marcus Allen echoed Dickerson's sentiments with the addendum that he also believes his former team, the Raiders, would also make sense in returning to Los Angeles. Dickerson said he'd prefer only one team in Los Angeles, with his choice clearly being the Rams.

Of course, it's no secret that there's been plenty of jockeying in the race to return to Los Angeles. Rams owner Stan Kroenke is working to build a nearly $2 billion stadium in Inglewood, while the Raiders and San Diego Chargers are trying to get something done in nearby Carson.

In recent years, Dickerson has offered differing views on the matter, telling TMZ in 2009 that Los Angeles "doesn't deserve a team" but also saying in 2011 that he'd like the Rams back in Los Angeles. Former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner recently told local television station KTVI that he believes the Rams should stay in St. Louis.

So what does it all mean? Not much, at least not in terms of what ultimately will happen with the Rams, Raiders, Chargers and the Los Angeles market. It should be no surprise that players who played for the Los Angeles Rams want to see the team back in Los Angeles and players who played for the St. Louis Rams would like to see them stay put.

In the end, the only opinions that will truly matter are those of the 32 NFL owners deciding the fate of all three teams and the future of football in Los Angeles.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of the weekend's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... On Friday, we started the day with a look at how the Rams could catch a break in their Week 1 meeting against Seattle. ... We then finished out series looking at five players who must offer more by examining tight end Lance Kendricks. ... We offered two Twitter mailbags over the weekend with a discussion of whether other teams respect the Rams enough and then the biggest training camp battles the Rams must decipher.

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At Grantland.com, Bill Barnwell writes that defensive end Robert Quinn is still a force to be feared.

Defensive end Chris Long joined Ryen Russillo for his weekly irreverent radio appearance on the show.

NFL Insider Mike Sando looks at the top five debates from the QB tier rankings.

At stltoday.com, Bernie Miklasz writes that adding quarterback Nick Foles is no sure thing for elevating the Rams to the next level.

101sports.com wonders whether the Los Angeles rumors will be a distraction for the Rams during training camp.