ESPN analyst Jon Gruden says his sources are calling a Raiders return to Los Angeles ‘inevitable.’
Gruden, who coached the Raiders from 1998–2001, discussed the prospect of the team relocating from Oakland to L.A. on a Monday Night Football conference call.
“It's gonna happen,” Gruden said.
The Raiders played at the Los Angeles Coliseum from 1982–1994 before late owner Al Davis decided to move the team back to the Bay Area.
Oakland is one of three teams, including the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers, that have been heavily tied to an L.A. relocation, as the NFL seeks to place at least one team in one of the country's major sporting markets.
Giants owner John Mara speculated in August that the NFL could even have two teams in L.A. for the 2016 season. The Chargers and Raiders have been in talks about a joint proposal that would see the teams share a stadium and potentially change conferences.
- Jeremy Woo