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NFL notes: Raiders confirm talks with San Antonio

Thu., July 31, 2014


Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.

“Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town,” Davis said in a statement. “I have nothing further to discuss on the topic.”

The San Antonio Express-News reported that Davis met on July 18 with Cisneros, then-Mayor Julian Castro, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and the president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to discuss potentially moving the Raiders from Oakland to San Antonio.

The Raiders are in the final season of their lease in Oakland. Davis has said that his preference is to build a new stadium on the current Coliseum site, which has been further complicated by the recent 10-year lease agreement by the Athletics to remain in Oakland. But the A’s agreement includes a provision to allow the Raiders to knock down the Coliseum for a new football stadium.

Any move now would require approval from 24 of the 32 NFL owners.

Cowboys extend Smith

The Dallas Cowboys have signed Tyron Smith to an eight-year contract extension that locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through the 2023 season.

The extension signed Wednesday is worth $98 million, pushing the total value of his deal to 10 years and $110 million. Smith gets a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money.

Around the league

Running back Fred Jackson signed a one-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills. … Cleveland has signed safety Jim Leonard, making the Browns the fifth different NFL team in the nine-year veteran’s career. … New York Giants running back David Wilson will not practice for the rest of the week and is out for Sunday’s Hall of Fame game after suffering what the team called a “burner” in practice. … Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot in practice at training camp. … The Bengals cleared defensive tackle Geno Atkins to rejoin practice, completing his comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. … Colts left guard Donald Thomas limped off the field with an apparent right leg injury late in Wednesday’s afternoon practice and did not return. … The Pittsburgh Steelers are retiring Hall of Fame defensive end Joe Greene’s No. 75. … Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended by the NFL for the team’s regular-season opener for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. … Demaryius Thomas and Chris Harris Jr. each participated in limited drills at the Denver Broncos practice. …The Packers have signed longtime general manager Ted Thompson to a multiyear contract extension.

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