The Texans are expected to play a regular-season game against the Raiders in Mexico City next season, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It is an obvious choice to have Oakland play a home game against the Texans in the international series that’s being expanded beyond the United Kingdom, according to league officials familiar with negotiations.
The Raiders were hoping to move to Los Angeles but were left out, and they have yet to sign a new lease in Oakland.
Owner Bob McNair and president Jamey Rootes have told the league for a couple of years how much they would like for the Texans to be involved in the international series, preferably in Mexico City because they have a growing fan base in Mexico.
McNair has insisted he won’t give up a home game at NRG Stadium but would like to play a road game in Mexico City. Oakland is a natural because of its current circumstances.
Rootes, who was part of a Houston group of business and political leaders that visited Mexico City during the season, addressed the subject of playing there after the trip.
“We’ve always expressed that we have an interest in participating internationally as a road team (and), we’ve made it clear that we were most interested in doing that in Mexico,” Rootes said after the visit. “It’s an amazing opportunity for teams and the league.