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San Francisco mayor doesn't want Raiders at Oracle Park next season

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San Francisco mayor doesn't want Raiders at Oracle Park next season

The Raiders are in discussions with the San Francisco Giants about playing their 2019 NFL season at Oracle Park. The Silver and Black no longer have a lease to play at Oakland Coliseum, and took an extension proposal off the table after the city sued them and the NFL over what it claimed are antitrust violations and breach of contract.

That action has left the Raiders exploring all options for where to play in 2019, their final year before moving to Las Vegas. Playing next season at Oracle Park is a preferred option the team is exploring with the Giants.

The mayor of San Francisco, for one, doesn’t want that to happen.

London Breed discussed the matter during a Tuesday appearance on KTVU, and said she prefers the Raiders remain in Oakland next season.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Oakland Raiders should play in Oakland,” Breed said. “In San Francisco, we have a number of challenges that we need to address with the Warriors coming to the new Chase arena, the 1,400 housing units set to break ground in that area, our transportation system and our ferry landing, we have a number of things we have been working to prepare for, and we don’t need another layer to add to what we already have in terms of an area that’s really congested, filled with construction and will host a number of games for basketball and baseball over the coming months.”

Breed also said she expressed her opinions to the Giants, who own and operate Oracle Park.

Opposition from public officials is one hindrance, but there’s a bigger one also unresolved. The 49ers have territorial rights to the city of San Francisco. The team, which plays at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, and the NFL must approve the Raiders playing there. That has not happened to this point, and getting approval could prove a difficult proposition.

The Raiders also are evaluating less attractive Bay Area options, including Levi’s Stadium. Owner Mark Davis is said to dislike that venue, which was built to accommodate two NFL teams. It would seem the 49ers would prefer the Raiders play a season there, where extra revenue could be generated for the team and the city of Santa Clara.

[RELATED: Raiders playing at Oracle being explored by league]

The Raiders also have not eliminated the prospect of returning to the Coliseum, where they have played for most of their history.

Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says

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Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says

While Derek Carr was in Las Vegas for the Raiders' official rebranding this week, speculation about Tom Brady joining the Silver and Black continues to simmer.

Two weeks ago, The Athletic's Jay Glazer said that Brady to the Raiders is a "no-brainer" because it would help with ticket sales, among other things.

On Friday, Glazer added a bit more context when asked again about where Brady will play next season.

"I said it last week, the Chargers or the Raiders," Glazer wrote. "I spoke about the business side of things. You guys kind of jumped on me talking about how great ticket sales are for the Raiders. I don’t know if I said ticket sales or not but there’s way more than ticket sales when you’re building up a business. They can use Tom Brady to build the business of the Raiders, which will now be an international team. I say that because of all the big business whales from all over the world who are going to come to Las Vegas and now be exposed to the Raiders."

"That’s going to be a hot ticket. The international marketing will be huge. The Raiders are going to be big players internationally with that. That’s why I would think it’s a brilliant move to go to Vegas."

Brady, who will turn 43 years old before the start of the 2020 NFL season, is a free agent and could move on the Patriots, the only franchise he has ever known.

Carr is under contract with the Raiders for three more seasons, and recently said he is "looking forward" to being under center for the first snap in Las Vegas. But head coach Jon Gruden didn't give the most glowing endorsement of Carr after the regular-season finale in December.

All of this has fueled chatter that the Raiders could bring in Brady to help open their first season in Sin City.

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While Brady led the Patriots to a 12-4 record this past season, his numbers declined, suggesting that his best days are behind him.

If owner Mark Davis and Gruden want to win games and continue to build a solid foundation for the future, they'll stick with Carr. If they are more concerned with making a sexy splash, they'll make the change to Brady.

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Out of a possible 96 starts since being drafted by the Raiders in 2014, quarterback Derek Carr has been under center for 94 of them.

But after a disappointing 7-9 season, many Raiders fans have clamored for a change at the game’s most important position.

Carr, however, hasn’t paid the rumors or social media fodder too much attention.

“But I'll say it this way,” Carr said (h/t ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez). “I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out -- until I'm done."

The 28-year-old had a career year in 2019, setting career-highs in passing yards (4,054), yards per attempt (7.9), and quarterback rating (100.8).

But coach Jon Gruden grew frustrated with Carr’s inability to throw the ball downfield consistently, and some potential free agent quarterbacks reportedly have caught the Raiders’ eye.

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As the team re-brands and moves into its new home in Sin City, some believe the team will bring on a new starting signal-caller to usher in the Las Vegas Raiders era.

Just don’t count Carr among them.