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Raiders file for relocation; drop out of the top ten

The Oakland Raiders have filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area. Like San Diego and St. Louis, the Raiders 2015 season was full of questions about where the team would be playing in 2016. At one point there were reports that the Chargers and Raiders could share a stadium in Carson, which if true, could potentially cause one of the franchises to switch conferences. Most recently, there has been talk that St. Louis, not Oakland, could be the team to pair up with San Diego in a shared stadium. Whatever the report, nothing will be for sure until January 12th or 13th when NFL owners converge to tackle the task at hand. If the Raiders wish is to relocate to L.A., they will need 24 votes and  pay $550 million to do so.

With the decision of relocation still looming, and having ended the season on a terrible note, the Raiders got some good news in the way of their draft order. With the first 20 picks set following week 17, the Raiders found out that they will be drafting 14th overall. Although it’s no playoff birth, it’s still a nice ending to a surprising season that saw the team improve in multiple areas. Going into the offseason, Oakland will look to upgrade a defense that will be losing an all pro safety in Charles Woodson.  The Raiders have not drafted outside the top ten since the 2003 season when they held the 31st and 32nd picks.

As the 2016 offseason begins, the Oakland Raiders are ready to improve upon a surprising season and show that they’re ready to compete come next season. 

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