The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders continued their push toward moving to Los Angeles by hiring former NFL executive Carmen Policy to head their efforts to build a stadium in nearby Carson.
Policy and Mark Fabiani, the special counsel to the president of the Chargers, confirmed the hire Monday. For the Chargers, the move coincided with an announcement by the San Diego Citizens Stadium Advisory Group about a funding plan for a new stadium there.
Policy, 72, spent nearly 25 years as an executive with the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns. He was part of the front office of the 49ers for four of the team's five titles and is credited by many for calming Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and then-49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo during numerous fights between the two.
He later joined the Browns when the team returned to the league in expansion.
Policy, who retired in 2004 and founded a winery in Napa, said the opportunity to create a "football nirvana" in Carson was too tempting for him to turn down. Policy will be the director of the holding company the Chargers and Raiders formed for the Carson project.
"We're talking about a site that is completely dedicated to the NFL, a football-only site that will be perfect not only for these teams but also for the best Super Bowl experience imaginable," Policy said, referring to a 157-acre site the Chargers and Raiders plan to propose.
Policy said that an additional 11 acres are expected to be added to the site. That will make it approximately as large as the Dodger Stadium property the league has long desired for football.
Policy also took a swipe at San Diego's proposal, saying the Carson site would not require any additional business development outside of football. The San Diego proposal (see stadium rendering in the tweet below) has included the sale of 75 acres of land at the Mission Valley site in order to raise another $225 million.
The Chargers' and Raiders' plan is in direct competition with a proposal in Inglewood that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is working on.
The hiring of Policy is another step by both teams to find alternatives in the likelihood that neither of their current cities will step forward to build new stadiums with conditions the teams want to accept.
Fabiani said in a statement that the Chargers would review the $1.1 billion San Diego proposal. However, he has indicated that the Chargers will continue to make sure the Carson project moves ahead. Policy said he believes that momentum for a return to Los Angeles in growing quickly within the league.
"Based on what I'm hearing, we could have an announcement by the end of the season, if not the end of the year on what's going to happen," said Policy, who was in San Francisco on Monday to meet with league officials. NFL owners will meet there on Tuesday and Wednesday and an update on the Los Angeles situation is expected.
Jason Cole covers the NFL for Bleacher Report.