A long, tumultuous search for a home field for the Raiders appears to be coming to an end according to reports that surfaced Monday afternoon.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Raiders will, in fact, remain the Oakland Raiders for at least one more year.
The #Raiders and the Coliseum Authority have reached an agreement for the team to remain in Oakland for the 2019 season at least and the sides are ironing out final nuances and details of the deal, sources say. It could be wrapped up and presented to the board as early as Friday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2019
The deal means the Raiders will play at least nine more games in Oakland (two preseason, and seven regular season) after giving up a home game to play in London once again.
Rapoport is also reporting that the Raiders could choose to remain in Oakland if their new stadium in Las Vegas is not ready in 2020 as planned.
The Oakland City Council would still need to approve any deal between the Coliseum Authority board and the Raiders.
It’s been an eventful search for a new home since the Raiders finished the season a disappointing 4-12. The search has featured turned down leases, a lawsuit by the City of Oakland, and owner Mark Davis has even explored the ability to play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park) in San Francisco.
The reunion gives Raiders fans in Oakland (at least) one last chance to cheer on the team they’ve poured their soul into and will hopefully allow the two to say goodbye to each other on a better last note. The Raiders returning to Oakland also increases the chances hometown running back Marshawn Lynch returns to the team, though it’s unsure if he’s decided to hang up the cleats for good.
Either way, this should just be the beginning of what now seems like the final year in Oakland (again).