“We still have to get them to want to come here,” McCombs said in the radio interview. “He was born and raised there and he has a great feeling for the state of California. But it appears he is going to need to go somewhere.”

McCombs, a billionaire automotive executive who made his fortune in San Antonio, said the NFL’s decision to move the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles and give the San Diego Chargers the option to follow them, “clears the runway” for the Raiders to move somewhere else.

As the theory goes, Davis has secured a parcel of land about halfway in between Austin and San Antonio — about 80 miles apart — where a new stadium could potentially be located, creating leverage in his dealings with Oakland.