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Del Rio disapproves of NFL’s ban on contact with Aldon Smith

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Jack Del Rio wishes the NFL would permit contact with suspended Aldon Smith. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Jack Del Rio wishes the NFL would permit contact with suspended Aldon Smith. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

As Aldon Smith serves his year-long NFL suspension, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio remains perturbed by the league rules that prohibit him from having contact with the oft-troubled 26-year-old.

“It’s unfortunate that that is the case,” Del Rio told reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., “because I think a lot of times these young men could use some of that mentoring role from coaches. It’s not always about football, sometimes we’re just helping men be good men. I think having that support system could be beneficial.” Continue Reading

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Mark Davis calls Inglewood ‘a great opportunity’; McKenzie keeping tabs on Aldon Smith

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Mark Davis, left, could still join the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke, right, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Mark Davis, left, could still join the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke, right, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Raiders’ future home remains up in the air, but owner Mark Davis isn’t afraid to admit how much he likes the site in Inglewood that remains an option for the franchise.

“I know the site very much,” Davis told CSNBayArea.com on Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. “I love the site. I think it’s a great opportunity.”

The Los Angeles Rams are building a new stadium in Inglewood, scheduled to open in 2019, and the San Diego Chargers have a one-year option to join them that expires in January. (That option could receive a one-year extension if a referendum to approve funding for a San Diego stadium is approved by this November). Continue Reading

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