RAIDERS | It’s not like anybody anywhere believes San Antonio is a legitimate option for the Oakland Raiders, but the likelihood the entire story was a ruse received some sunshine Sunday in the San Antonio Express-News.

An NFL consultant told the paper what we already know: the bid is a serious long-shot. However, the city, which Raiders owner Mark Davis has recently visited twice, should keep itself in the running, just in case.

“Now, that doesn’t mean I’d pour lots of resources into it, or raise people’s hopes dramatically, said Marc Ganis. “But I certainly wouldn’t walk away, because you never know what happens in these things. These things can turn in odd ways.”

The article isn’t all pie-in-the-sky. Ganis later offered a more likely scenario for the Raiders

“My best guess is they stay in Oakland or somewhere in the Bay Area,” he said. “Option two is they’re the second team in an L.A. stadium. Option three is relocating to a different market, and if that’s the case, I’d put San Antonio very high on that list, if not first.”

While rumors over a return of the NFL to Los Angeles have percolated recently, the scene in Oakland is also showing signs of promise. A new investor is on board for Coliseum City and Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf’s stewardship of the stadium conversation starting in January has many in the East Bay hopeful the team will stay in Oakland.