The Oakland Raiders received conditional approval from the NFL to relocate the franchise to Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday afternoon. The current plan is for the Raiders to stay in Oakland for the 2017 and 2018 seasons before moving to Las Vegas for the 2019 season.
On Tuesday at the Owners Meetings in Phoenix, Arizona, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid shared his feelings on the impending move.
"I don't think it will be a problem for them for the next couple years," Reid said. "I think they're the Oakland Raiders right now, so I think that fan base is phenomenal and I think Jack Del Rio does a great job. They've got a good football team, one that can contend for a championship, so I think they'll be all in, I'll think they'll probably enjoy every snap that they have in Oakland there, and they're very passionate about their team. I don't think it's going to be any reflection towards the players or coaches."
Asked about whether the city could serve as temptation for younger players, Reid explained why he didn't believe it would be an issue.
"There are temptations everywhere," he said. "You can go into any city in the NFL and there are temptations. These guys are grown men and most of them, the percentage of them are going to do the right thing. There's always going to be one or two guys, it doesn't matter where you play, that there could be a bad situation. 99 percent of these guys do the right thing all the time, and they're great people."
The Raiders' announcement means a vastly different AFC West landscape in the near future—the Chargers relocated to Los Angeles earlier this offseason and will begin playing there later this fall.