The Raiders will continue to play football at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The Oakland Raiders, which could eventually join the Los Angeles Rams at a new stadium in Inglewood, announced Thursday the team has signed a one-year lease extension to continue playing in Oakland, with an option for two additional years after the 2016 season.

The team also announced the hiring of real estate executive Larry MacNeil to lead the Raiders’ negotiations with Oakland and Alameda County on possibilities for a new stadium in that area. MacNeil spent 10 years with the San Francisco 49ers and led that team’s development of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, which hosted the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The Raiders partnered with the San Diego Chargers in an unsuccessful bid to move to a proposed new stadium in Carson. That effort was rejected by NFL owners in favor of the Rams’ planned stadium at the former Hollywood Park Racetrack site in Inglewood.

NFL owners gave the Chargers a one-year option to join the Rams in Inglewood. If the Chargers decline the option, the Raiders will then have a one- year option to negotiate with the Rams and potentially move to Inglewood. The Chargers have already announced that they will remain in San Diego for the 2016 season while pursuing a potential new stadium in that city, but the team could still ultimately exercise its option to move to Inglewood.

The Rams will begin playing this fall at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The stadium in Inglewood is expected to be ready for the 2019 season.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.