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Bay Area living is so expensive, some NFL draftees are getting sticker shock

Oakland Raiders NFL draft pick Kolton Miller gestures during a media conference Friday, April 26, 2018, in Alameda, Calif.
Oakland Raiders NFL draft pick Kolton Miller gestures during a media conference Friday, April 26, 2018, in Alameda, Calif. AP Photo

It's no secret that Bay Area housing prices are skyrocketing.

But the cost of living has gotten so high that even draft picks signing with the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers are experiencing some level of surprise as they prepare to move closer to what will hopefully be a career as an NFL player.

Draftees who are active on Twitter have of course posted their excitement upon being drafted. But a few of them followed that up with a reminder that there are still bills to pay — expensive ones — and adjustments to make as non-Bay Area natives.

49ers pick Jullian Taylor and Raiders selections Arden Key and Maurice Hurst all tweeted about some of the growing pains of being drafted and the sudden move and lifestyle changes it can necessitate.

The Golden State in general may be a big shift for many of them. Out of all the 49ers' and Raiders' picks, only one was drafted out of a California school (the Raiders picked Kolton Miller, UCLA, in the first round).

As numerous people pointed out on Twitter, though, players who are still with the Raiders organization in a couple of years won't be stuck with those high Bay Area rents. The Raiders are set for a new home in Las Vegas, a move that'll take place in either 2019 or 2020 at the latest. Rent is considerably cheaper there.

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