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[March 27, 2017]
March 26 (The Sports Xchange) -
The City of Oakland's 11th-hour stadium plan appears to be too
little, too late for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's liking.
Goodell responded to the stadium proposal ahead of this week's
annual league meeting in Phoenix, sending a letter to Oakland Mayor
Libby Schaaf saying that he believes the city has yet to find "a
viable solution" to keeping the Raiders there.
The City of Oakland and its partners earlier submitted a revised
financing plan for a $1.3 billion mixed-use stadium project on the
site of the current home of the Raiders, who have called Oakland
home for 45 of their 58 seasons, including the past 22.
"The material that we reviewed earlier today ... confirms that key
issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are
simply not resolvable in a reasonable time," the commissioner said
in the letter obtained by ESPN and other media outlets.
"In that respect, the information sent today does not present a
proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable time
frame and free of major contingencies."
Raiders owner Mark Davis is said to have "great support" to move the
franchise from Oakland to Las Vegas after several years of failed
contract talks with the city.
A vote could be held during the NFL meetings on Monday or Tuesday,
with Davis needing 24 votes of 32 franchise owners to begin
finalizing relocation to Las Vegas.
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Almost three weeks after the Cleveland Browns acquired Brock
Osweiler in a surprise trade with the Houston Texans, the
quarterback remains in limbo.
All signs still point that Osweiler will either be traded or
released before the 2017 season, but Browns head coach Hue Jackson
said he is preparing for the upcoming NFL draft and season as if
Osweiler is staying on his roster.
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The Browns, who were 1-15 last season, have the
number one pick in the April 27-29 draft.
Jackson was asked by NFL Network's Steve Wyche in an
interview that will air Monday if Osweiler was going to be a part of
the Browns this year.
"He is," the coach said. "Obviously, he's a player on our team and
we're going to treat him just like we do all of our other
quarterbacks until he's not."
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Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick underwent surgery on both of
his wrists before going on injured reserve last season, according to
Riddick, 25, missed the final month of last season with a wrist
injury. The surgery prompted his season-ending trip to the injured
reserve, sources told the Detroit Free Press on Sunday.
Riddick had a large cast on his left wrist in January. He declined
to say what the injury was or whether he had surgery on the wrist,
according to ESPN.
Riddick played in 10 games last season for the Lions, starting
eight, and rushed a career-high 92 times for a career-best 357 yards
and a touchdown. He also had 53 catches for 371 yards and five
touchdowns before his injuries. (Editing by Gene Cherry)
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