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49ers’ John Lynch to Raiders fans: ‘Come and jump on our train’

The Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas

NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings in March 2017. The Raiders likely will play in the Bay Area until 2020 before they move to their $1.7 billion stadium near the Las Vegas Strip.
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NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings in March 2017. The Raiders likely will play in the Bay Area until 2020 before they move to their $1.7 billion stadium near the Las Vegas Strip.

The Raiders, who are getting what they hope is a permanent home in Las Vegas, will exercise their option to play at the Oakland County Coliseum for the next two seasons, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday.

Their 2019 home, however, remains up in the air.

The Coliseum could be an option. So could Sam Boyd Stadium, the current home for UNLV’s football team, although that 35,000-seat venue would need upgrades before it is ready to host NFL games.

Other options include Levi’s Stadium, which was built to accommodate two NFL tenants. The 49ers likely would be amenable to sharing the stadium for a season but the Raiders have been resistant to that idea so far.

“I just don’t think it fits the Raiders,” owner Mark Davis told CSN Bay Area. He said the Raiders have a big parking lot that allows for a unique pre-game experience.

General manager John Lynch said he could empathize with Raiders fans because he grew up in San Diego rooting for the Chargers, who recently moved to Los Angeles. But he also saw Monday’s news an opportunity for the 49ers.

“Raider fans, we’re open for business,” he said on the NFL Network Monday. “Come and jump on our train.”

Harris signs deal – The 49ers agreed to a one-year deal free-agent running back DuJuan Harris on Monday. Harris, 28, started one game last year, rushing 10 times for 59 yards and caught five passes for 83 yards in a loss to the Saints.

San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch talks about being "relentless in our pursuit of players who fit what we’re looking for" during a press conference at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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