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Former 49ers Owner DeBartolo In Talks To Join Raiders Ownership Group

OAKLAND (CBS SPORTS) -- Revered former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., a finalist for the Hall of Fame, has been in discussions with Raiders owner Mark Davis about joining his ownership group, according to league sources. Davis and the Raiders are still seeking to bolster the franchise's front office ahead of a potential move to Los Angeles.

While no agreement is close to imminent, and DeBartolo's interest in returning to the NFL is not limited to Oakland, a pairing with Davis could be another boon for the club's hopes of moving to Carson, California.

Carmen Policy, who worked with DeBartolo for years in San Francisco, is already the director of the Carson stadium project, which is being spearheaded by Davis and Chargers owner Dean Spanos. Davis, who is working to close a deal or deals with other investors, has been actively seeking additional minority partners to come on board, especially those with acumen in projects of this nature, to inject additional capital into his franchise.

Finding the right fit with DeBartolo might prove difficult, but he has a strong reputation among other owners and adding him to this group -- which also includes Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was named Chairman of Carson Holdings with an option to buy into the Raiders or Chargers in 2018 -- would likely only add to the recent momentum of the project.

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