Report: Could Rams-Chargers swap solve NFL’s L.A. problem?
ST. LOUIS (KTVI)- In the last 12 months since St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke made his intentions about wanting to have a team in Los Angeles known, you’ve heard plenty of scenarios about who will end up moving to the nation’s second-largest market. The Rams? The San Diego Chargers? The Oakland Raiders? Rams & Raiders, Rams & Chargers, Chargers & Raiders? Or does this whole process even get pushed back a year?
ProFootballTalk is out Sunday with a juicy solution that according to one unnamed league official, is “not a bad idea” to figure out the NFL’s L.A. problem: A franchise swap between Kroenke and San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos. In this scenario, Kroenke would also pay Spanos for the ability to move the franchise north to play in his proposed Inglewood complex instead of the Carson project the Chargers are planning with the Raiders. Spanos would get the new stadium he’s been looking for, and fans in St. Louis would get to keep the Rams here.
It wouldn’t be the first time owners have swapped franchises, and not even the first time involving the Rams. As PFT points out, it happened in 1972 when the Rams and Colts owners traded teams.
But that just means it’s possible. It is still far from likely. Owners will meet in January in Houston to potentially vote on relocating one or more teams or otherwise reach a solution.