Raiders' Mark Davis met with San Antonio city officials


Why are the Oakland Raiders meeting with the city of San Antonio?

According to a report Tuesday in the San Antonio Express-News, Raiders owner Mark Davis and "two top lieutenants" recently met with city officials to discuss a potential move.

Davis on Tuesday confirmed through the team that he sat down with civic leadership.

"I was in San Antonio to honor Cliff Branch on his induction into the PVILCA," Davis said. "Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some of the city officials while we were in town. I have nothing further to discuss on the topic."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Express-News on Tuesday that the league has "received no applications from any of our teams to relocate at this point, so there is nothing for us to respond to."

Aiello subsequently told Around The League that the NFL was under the impression that Davis was in San Antonio for the Branch event.

Per the Express-News, Davis met with the San Antonio contingent on July 18. The Raiders owner also reportedly spent "two or three days" in San Antonio visiting the Alamodome and taking a helicopter tour of the metro area.

Davis reportedly told city leadership that he prefers a "small, intimate" stadium over a "Jerry Jones-type facility," one that would allow him to place in front of the building "a statue of his father," late Raiders owner Al Davis.

Is Texas big enough for three teams? Jones weighed in on the possibility Tuesday.

"I am very pleased that we have the fan base that we have down there and the percentage of fans we have," the Cowboys owner told reporters on Tuesday. "I think it is 97, 98, 99 percent Cowboys fans in the area. But it doesn't surprise me at all. I know that there were those kind of rumors regarding the Saints."

The Raiders' lease at Coliseum expires following the 2014 season.

NFL Media obtained comment from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan regarding the matter.

"Oakland is making progress in negotiations with the Raiders discussing Coliseum City, an incredible development opportunity that has drawn the world's third-largest real estate firm to the table as investors, and would keep the team here at home in the nation's sixth largest media market."

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport chimed in with this:

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