Jerry Jones: NFL return to L.A. "closer than ever"

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Jerry Jones says the NFL's return to L.A. is not too far off. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Getty Images)

The Cowboys are expected to be an astounding $31 million over next year's salary cap, leaving owner Jerry Jones with a potential "train wreck." (AP)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't think Los Angeles will be without an NFL team for much longer.

Speaking before his Cowboys opened training camp in Oxnard, Calif., a coastal city 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Jones said he is "aware of some things that make sense" in getting an NFL team back in the city. From ESPN's report:

"Closer than ever -- ever being since they left, which has been a long time much to my surprise and anticipation," said Jones on Saturday, when asked if the NFL was close to returning to Los Angeles. "There are some viable ways for a team or teams to be in Los Angeles. We've got some very talented and very qualified people that want to be a part of it that are not a part of the league right now. We, obviously, have people within the league that want this very much."

The Los Angeles Raiders and Los Angeles Rams played their last game on Christmas Eve 1994.