Source: NFL owners' approval of Raiders to SF would set bad precedent


Source: NFL owners' approval of Raiders to SF would set bad precedent

If NFL owners vote to approve San Francisco as a one-season home for the Raiders against the league’s bylaws and the 49ers’ objections, it could set a bad precedent, according to NFL sources with knowledge of the matter.

While the 49ers do not have final say on whether the Raiders can play in the San Francisco Giants’ stadium, the 49ers’ preference -- and unwillingness to waive their territorial rights -- is likely to carry significant weight, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday.

If NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wanted the Raiders to play in San Francisco for one season while the Raiders’ stadium in Las Vegas is completed, he could take it to a vote of the league’s owners to override the 49ers' desire to block the move. Goodell would not have a vote in the matter.

Due to a special provision in the bylaws, the typical two-thirds vote of NFL owners does not apply, a source said.. A unanimous vote of the 30 other owners would be required against the 49ers – or in support of the Raiders – in order to clear the path for the Raiders to play at Oracle Park, formerly known as AT&T Park, for the 2019 regular season.

The seven teams scheduled to play regular-season road games against the Raiders might be reluctant to approve a move to a venue in which both teams would be situated on the same sideline, one source said. The football configuration at Oracle Park consists of a shared sideline.

A potential deal between the Giants and the Raiders is not dead, a source familiar with discussions told Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

But if NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move into San Francisco, it could set a precedent for future moves of franchises into markets already claimed by other NFL teams, sources said. Complicating matters for the approval of the Raiders’ preferred move to San Francisco is the presence of two other viable NFL stadiums in the Bay Area.

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The 49ers and Raiders have previously discussed sharing Levi’s Stadium for one season, according to sources. The 49ers remain open to the possibility of the Raiders playing one season in Santa Clara. Also, the Oakland Coliseum remains an option, though Raiders owner Mark Davis has vowed not to return to Oakland due to the city’s lawsuit against the Raiders, alleging antitrust violations and breach of contract.

San Francisco mayor London Breed spoke out Tuesday against the possibility of the Raiders playing one season at the Giants’ ballpark. The mayor expressed concerns about the additional congestion the Raiders would bring to the area, which is already impacted by the Giants, the Warriors arena, set to open next season, and ongoing construction.

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid resolve pending grievances against NFL


Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid resolve pending grievances against NFL

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled their collusion grievances against the National Football League with a confidential settlement, lawyers representing both men and the NFL announced Friday in a joint statement.

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL," the statement read. "As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Kaepernick, 31, has remained out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season. He played six seasons with the 49ers and became the center of a nationwide controversy with his decision to kneel during the playing of the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality during the 2016 season.

Reid, 27, joined Kaepernick in the protest, which began during the exhibition season in 2016. Reid continued his protest in 2017 with the 49ers and last season with the Carolina Panthers. Reid is a six-year NFL veteran who played his first five seasons with the 49ers.

While Kaepernick has not played in the NFL the past two seasons, Reid experienced a slow free-agent market last offseason before finally signing with the Panthers in late September. Reid appeared in 13 games for the Panthers and last week signed a three-year extension worth more than $21 million.

The NFL Players Association released the following statement:

"Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well."

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In August, an arbitrator denied the NFL’s request to throw out the claims that owners conspired to keep Kaepernick out of the league because of his protests. The grievance was scheduled to be heard this month.

In November 2017, attorney Mark Geragos, representing Kaepernick, notified the NFL they were seeking electronic communications, including text messages and emails, of personnel from NFL teams that were linked to Kaepernick.

AAF has interest in signing Colin Kaepernick, just like the NFL should


AAF has interest in signing Colin Kaepernick, just like the NFL should

We don't know when or if Colin Kaepernick will ever play football again.

We do know, however, that even if the NFL isn't interested in his services, someone else is.

According to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk, the Alliance of American Football recently reached out to Kaepernick to gauge his interest in playing in the new football league.

Per Williams' report, AAF co-founder Bill Polian told The Athletic that CEO Charlie Ebersol was the one to reach out to Kaepernick.

"I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing," Polian said.

The AAF is in its debut season, but one of the early critiques of the league is its lack of quality quarterbacks. In addition to Kaepernick, the AAF reportedly also reached out to former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who declined.

After news of the AAF's contact with Kaepernick broke, Barry Wilner of the Associated Press subsequently reported that Kaepernick's reasoning for declining to join the AAF was financially motivated.

According to Wilner's report, a person with knowledge of the conversation told the Associated Press that Kaepernick, "wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend." That person spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Not to question anyone's credibility, but that $20 million number is awfully hard to believe, for several reasons.

For one, it's a number that would dwarf all other salaries in the league. AAF players sign three-year contracts worth a total of $250,000.

Additionally, there is nothing in Kaepernick's past that would support the notion that he's in it for the money. Just think about all the money he's donated out of his own pockets to the numerous social causes that have undoubtedly played a major role in his shunning from the NFL.

And, finally, if the NFL was going to find a way to try to sully Kaepernick's character and land a punch in the arena of public opinion, wouldn't leaking a false claim such as that $20 million number make a lot of sense?

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The AAF wants Kaepernick, much like the NFL should.

But that $20 million number?

That doesn't make any sense.