Originally posted on Sportsnaut  |  By Vincent Frank  |  Last updated 1/4/17

General view of Oakland Raiders helmet and and NFL Wilson Duke football and slot machines at the McCarran International Airport. Raiders owner Mark Davis (not pictured) has pledged $500 million toward building a 65,000-seat domed stadium in Las Vegas at a total cost of $1.4 billion. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the relocation talk in January will surround whether the San Diego Chargers will indeed join the Rams in Los Angeles. That pretty much seems to be a foregone conclusion at this point.

However, there’s definitely another story that we should be paying close attention to.

The Oakland Raiders, who had their hat in the ring for a relocation to Los Angles, are playing under one-year deal at the run-down Oakland Coliseum. It’s an unattainable situation for the team, one that has led owner Mark Davis to look at relocation.

Said options previously included Los Angeles and San Antonio, though they're now focused on Las Vegas. It’s now at the point where the state of Nevada has approved funding for a brand-new stadium in the desert metropolis that is Las Vegas.

Now, it appears that things are potentially progressing at an even more rapid clip. Las Vegas Sands Corporation CEO Sheldon Adelson has been the figure behind the scenes in Vegas. He worked with local and state-wide officials to get the necessary support for public financing. He’s also invested himself a great deal into the project and is seen as a major friend of the Raiders. But there was a reported rift between Adelson and the Raiders about a potential revenue share as it relates to the new venue. Moreover, the NFL took note of this rift in the past (more on that here).

Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole is now reporting that there has been significant progress made towards a deal that would move the Raiders to Las Vegas.

Unlike the Rams last year, and potentially the Chargers this year, the Raiders wouldn’t necessarily depart for a new city immediately. Las Vegas doesn’t have a current venue to house the team. Instead, Mark Davis and Co. would have to play it out at their current digs until a new stadium is ready. Heck, the Raiders may be forced to play in temporary city until that happens.

This makes the process a bit more slower moving than what we saw with the Rams and are seeing today with the Chargers. It, however, will not stop the process itself from playing out.

Should Adelson and the Raiders come to an agreement on revenue share and the NFL decides to support said plan, Davis has already indicated he’s committed to Las Vegas as the new home of the Raiders. What happens between then and a physical move remains to be seen.

What we do know is that the Raiders clearly have one foot out the door in Northern California. Wednesday’s news only adds more credence to that idea.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
How to fix the San Francisco 49ers

QUIZ: Name the 12 current NFL franchises that have relocated

Twelve NFL franchises have changed locations throughout the history of the league. How many of them can you name? The full team name (city/location and team) is required for the answer (e.g., New York Jets).

Clue: Original Location (and name if that changed as well) and year of relocation

Score:
0/13
Time:
4:00
Decatur Staleys 1921
Chicago Bears
Portsmouth Spartans 1934
Detroit Lions
Boston 1937
Washington Redskins
Cleveland 1946
Los Angeles Rams
Chicago 1960
St. Louis Cardinals
Dallas Texans 1963
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland 1982
Los Angeles Raiders
Baltimore 1984
Indianapolis Colts
St. Louis 1988
Arizona Cardinals
Los Angeles 1995
Oakland Raiders
Cleveland Browns 1996
Baltimore Ravens
Houston Oilers 1997
Tennessee Titans
St. Louis 2016
Los Angeles Rams
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kelce blasts ref for holding call during 2-pt conversion

Top 10 takeaways from NFL Divisional Playoffs

WATCH: Cook gets both feet in on amazing catch, Crosby kicks Packers into NFC title game

WATCH: Jason Witten catches first career playoff TD

Carroll dismisses notion that Hawks' title window is closing

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Packers DB destroys Cole Beasley with big hit

Aikman adds to Cowboys' QB conflict with Romo praise

Report: Packers hopeful Nelson could play next week

Jadeveon Clowney: Texans rattled Tom Brady

Report: Chip Kelly interviewed for Jags head coaching job

Report: Antonio Brown could become NFL's highest-paid WR

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

TailGreater: Picking the NFL divisional round games by hometown brews

The sports classic horror villains would play

Guilt-free guide to NFL playoff bandwagon fun

Box Score 1/13: Warming up for the playoff weekend

Complicated feelings for Tyreek Hill, others as playoffs progress

NFL Divisional Round watchablity index

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

A statistical look at the 56 years the Chargers spent in San Diego

Eight most disappointing NBA developments at midway point

Box Score 1/12: Everyone is moving to LA again

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

The sports classic horror villains would play

Complicated feelings for Tyreek Hill and others as playoffs progress

NFL Divisional Round watchablity index

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

QUIZ: Name the 12 members of the San Diego Chargers in the NFL Hall of Fame

NBA referee hotline bling: Green reaches out to touch somebody

TailGreater: Picking the NFL divisional round games by hometown brews

Guilt-free guide to NFL playoff bandwagon fun

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker