L.A. company targets Bills

QMI Agency wire services

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- The company behind a plan to lure the NFL back to Los Angeles said the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills are the first teams it will try to relocate.

Majestic Realty Co. managing partner John Semcken said the company still is considering at least seven franchises for a new stadium some 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

They also include the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.

But he said the Jaguars and the Bills are at the top of the list because they play in small markets that tamp down their earning potential and because they have little hope of building larger venues in their home regions.

"Jacksonville and Buffalo are two teams in very, very small markets, he said. "They are teams that have either outdated stadiums or are having trouble filling their stadiums or both."

SHANAHAN JOINS 'SKINS

After an afternoon of negotiations produced an agreement, Mike Shanahan signed a five-year contract to become head coach and executive vice-president of football operations for the Washington Redskins according to ESPN.com.

Shanahan will team with Redskins executive vice-president and general manager Bruce Allen, but Shanahan will have the ultimate authority on football decisions. Shanahan will be introduced as the Redskins head coach today at 2 p.m..

BEARS BRING LOVIE BACK

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Lovie Smith will return for the Chicago Bears next season.

But he's done calling the defensive plays. His staff will have a new look, too.

The team fired offensive co-ordinator Ron Turner and five other coaches on that side of the ball after going 7-9 with Jay Cutler at quarterback and missing the playoffs for the third straight year following a Super Bowl run.

"This has been a frustrating season to say the least. We've had inconsistent play on both sides of the ball," team president and CEO Ted Phillips said. "Personally, it has been the most frustrating year since I've been here."

OCHOCINCO TO PLAY

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco worked out yesterday even though he hadn't fully recovered from a sore knee, getting ready for a playoff rematch against the Jets team that held him without a catch.

Ochocinco landed hard on his left knee when he slipped during pre-game warmups on Sunday. He limped off the field but started the game, which the Jets won 37-0. He watched the second half from the sideline to protect the knee.

New York held him without a catch, ending his streak of 120 games with a reception.

He couldn't fully extend the knee on Monday and had a precautionary medical test. He was cleared to participate in practice yesterday even though he was still trying to get the swelling down.

"I'm all right," the receiver said. "I'm taking medicine."

BILLS COACH MOVING ON

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Bills special teams co-ordinator Bobby April has opted out of the final two years of his contract.

Saying "it's time for me to move on," April informed the Bills that he does not intend to return no matter who the next head coach is.


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