SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 23: Fans of the St. Louis Rams hold a “Los Angeles Rams” sign against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on November 23, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The NFL’s return to Los Angeles is close to becoming official. NFL owners gathered on Tuesday to vote on the various scenarios to relocate anywhere between one and three NFL franchises to Los Angeles, and the St. Louis Rams will be making the move from St. Louis for sure. The San Diego Chargers could be joining them too, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly pulled out of the relocation process and will keep calling Oakland its home (maybe).

The Rams were approved for returning to Los Angeles with a plan to move into a stadium in Inglewood being approved. This was commonly thought to be the best option on the board for the NFL’s Los Angeles relocation options, as it is expected to provide plenty of amenities with it. The Chargers have reportedly been given an option to join the Rams and share the stadium as early as this season or in the next few years.

The Rams’ move to Los Angeles was not automatic though. The first round of voting for the Rams fell just four votes shy. The Rams/Inglewood project received 20 of the 24 necessary votes to be approved. This sparked a meeting between owners and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and apparently that helped solve whatever issues remained. A second vote apparently swayed enough votes to approve the Rams’ relocation with the option to add either the Chargers or the Raiders.

It was then the Raiders opted to back out of the Los Angeles discussions, leaving the option solely to the Chargers. But does this mean the Raiders will stay put in Oakland? A fallback plan could end up seeing the Raiders move to San Diego, filling the pending vacancy to be opened by the Chargers.

Final decisions are expected to be made soon enough, and we will finally have this all hashed out shortly. But for now the Rams are heading to Los Angeles, the Chargers have the option to join them and the Raiders may be staying in Oakland. Got all that?

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Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.