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Bills fans should like Jerry Jones' comments about NFL in L.A.

By Tim Graham

Twice in the past few days, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has spoken about the NFL nearing a return to Los Angeles.

As Mike Florio of pointed out Sunday, "closer than ever" is a relative phrase. Jones' comment Wednesday night that it's "more imminent than any time since we haven't had a team in Los Angeles" should be weighed similarly.

But Jones' optimism should be viewed favorably by Buffalo Bills fans, given what he told me in May.

Jones, as you may recall from the Press Coverage blog, said "if I were a Bills fan I would feel good about the recent negotiation and remodeling of the stadium." Jones also mentioned other cities should be worried.

On the NFL Network's "Training Camp Today," Jones seemed to suggest a couple of candidates have emerged. The Cowboys hold their training camp in nearby Oxnard, Calif.

"I think with basis, I feel more imminent about a team being in here, that it is more imminent than any time since we haven't had a team in Los Angeles," Jones said. "This market is a huge market. It is a little bit of a black eye for all of us to have had this many years and not had an NFL team in Los Angeles.

"The owners don't mess much up; I am saying that with a smile. But we haven't gotten this one right.

"There are people, there are locations, there are people that are interested -- viable people -- that could help us put this thing together. As it turns out, we do have two teams … that could move to this area. There won't be any expansion. So it will be teams that move."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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