May 272013
 

In 1971, former New York City Mayor John Lindsay proposed that the Giants leave the “New York” part out of their name; this after the Giants announced that they were moving to East Rutherford, NJ. People were acting as if the New York Football Giants were leaving for the west coast like the New York Baseball Giants did in 1958. When in actuality Giants Stadium was actually closer to NYC City Hall, than Yankee Stadium in The Bronx.

When a team leaves the city for the nearby suburbs it seems that there are always some hard feelings. But if a team can’t strike a deal with the city, heading to the suburbs is the next best thing. The team gets their new stadium, and the region gets to keep its team.

Listed below are proposed intra-metro moves that have reportedly grabbed the interest of the NFL’s current franchises.

Proposed NFL Team Relocation: Within the Same Metro Area

The list only includes relocation within the team’s same metro area. For example the Los Angeles Rams’ move to Anaheim from Los Angeles is counted because the Rams moved within the L.A. metro area. Click here for a list of proposed relocation outside a team’s metro area.

Only rumors of “permanent” moves were listed. Click here For a list of temporary moves.

The list includes rumored relocation that was reported by reputable media sources. Proposed relocation is organized by the year(s) it was reported. Not the year the proposed move would occur.

The list only includes current NFL teams.

 

The list is an ongoing project. I have created an extensive list, but I imagine there is still some missing information. If you have any cited information or leads please contact this site.

Sources: Click here to view the sources I used to compile this list. It’s a lengthy document but it’s organized by franchise.

 

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Home
Arizona Cardinals Franchise
Chicago Cardinals
Located in Chicago, IL – 1898-1959 (Joined the NFL in 1920)
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1958-1959
Evanston, IL Speculated Move
   
St. Louis Cardinals
Located in St. Louis, MO – 1960-1987
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1986-1987
Maryland Heights, MO Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Arizona Cardinals (Phoenix Cardinals 1988-1993)
Located in Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Metro) – 1988-2005
Reports of Relocation within the Metro Area From 1988-1989
Phoenix, AZ Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1996
Phoenix, AZ Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1998-1999
Gilbert, AZ Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Mesa, AZ Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Combined Proposal with Tempe, AZ
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 2000-2001
Fort McDowell, AZ Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Phoenix, AZ Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 2002
Gila River Indian Community, AZ Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Glendale, AZ Announced Location for New Stadium – 2002
Mesa, AZ Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Located in Glendale, AZ (Phoenix Metro) – Since 2006
Glendale, AZ Moved to New Stadium – 2006
   
Home
Atlanta Falcons Franchise
Located in Atlanta, GA – Since 1966
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 2008-2013
Doraville, GA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Cobb Co., GA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Home
Baltimore Ravens Franchise
Located in Baltimore, MD – Since 1996
There have never been any reports about the franchise relocating.
   
Home
Buffalo Bills Franchise
Located in Buffalo, NY – 1960-1972
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1969-1971
Lancaster, NY Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Hamburg, NY Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Orchard Park, NY Announced Location for New Stadium – 1971
   
Located in Orchard Park, NY (Buffalo Metro) – Since 1973
Orchard Park, NY Moved to New Stadium – 1973
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area Since 2012
Buffalo, NY Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Lackawanna, NY Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Niagara Falls, NY Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Home
Carolina Panthers Franchise
Temporarily Located in Clemson, SC – 1995
Located in Charlotte, NC – Since 1996
There have never been any reports about the franchise relocating.
   
Home
Chicago Bears Franchise
Chicago Bears (Decatur Staleys – 1919-1920 / Chicago Staleys – 1921)
Located in Decatur, IL – 1919-1920 (Joined the NFL in 1920)
Located in Chicago, IL – 1921-2001
Temporarily Located in Champaign, IL – 2002
Located in Chicago, IL – Since 2003
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1970-1971
Evanston, IL Move to Location Aborted
Oak Brook, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1975-1979
Arlington Heights, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Evanston, IL Speculated Move
Romeoville, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1986-1987
Arlington Heights, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
DuPage Co., IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Roselle, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Waukegan, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1989-1991
Arlington Heights, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Hoffman Estates, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Waukegan, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
West Chicago, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Will Co., IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1995-1999
Aurora, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Elk Grove, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Gary, IN Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Hoffman Estates, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Warrenville, IL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
Cincinnati Bengals Franchise
Located in Cincinnati, OH – Since 1968
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Home
Cleveland Browns Franchise
Cleveland Browns (1946-1995, Since 1999)
Located in Cleveland, OH – Since 1946
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1972-1973
Strongsville, OH Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
Dallas Cowboys Franchise
Located in Dallas, TX – 1960-1971
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1966-1969
Irving, TX Announced Location for New Stadium – 1969
   
Located in Irving, TX (Dallas Metro) – 1971-2008
Irving, TX Moved to New Stadium – 1971
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1998-2004
Arlington, TX Announced Location for New Stadium- 2004
Dallas, TX Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Denton Co., TX Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Grand Prairie, TX Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Grapevine, TX Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Located in Arlington, TX (Dallas Metro) – Since 2009
Arlington, TX Moved to New Stadium – 2009
   
Home
Denver Broncos Franchise
Located in Denver, CO – Since 1960
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Home
Detroit Lions Franchise
Portsmouth Spartans
Located in Portsmouth, OH – 1929-1933 (Joined the NFL in 1930)
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Detroit Lions
Located in Detroit, MI – 1934-1974
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1968-1971
Pontiac, MI Announced Location for New Stadium – 1971
Southfield, MI Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Taylor, MI Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Troy, MI Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Walled Lake, MI Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Located in Pontiac, MI (Detroit Metro) – 1975-2001
Pontiac, MI Moved to New Stadium – 1975
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1995-1996
Detroit, MI Announced Location for New Stadium – 1996
   
Located in Detroit, MI – Since 2002
Detroit, MI Moved to New Stadium – 2002
   
Home
Green Bay Packers Franchise
Located in Green Bay, WI – Since 1919 (Joined the NFL 1921)
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Home
Houston Texans Franchise
Located in Houston, TX – Since 2002
There have never been any reports about the franchise relocating.
   
Home
Indianapolis Colts Franchise
Baltimore Colts
Located in Baltimore, MD – 1953-1983
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1968-1972
Anne Arundel Co., MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Baltimore Co., MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Columbia, MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Howard Co., MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Indianapolis Colts
Located in Indianapolis, IN – Since 1984
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Home
Jacksonville Jaguars Franchise
Located in Jacksonville, FL – Since 1995
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Home
Kansas City Chiefs Franchise
Dallas Texans
Located in Dallas, TX – 1960-1962
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Kansas City Chiefs
Located in Kansas City, MO – Since 1963
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 2006
Johnson Co., KS Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Kansas City, KS Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
Miami Dolphins Franchise
Located in Miami, FL – 1966-1986
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1976-1977
Broward Co., FL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Pembroke Pines, FL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1978-1982
Broward Co., FL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Dade Co., FL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move
Miami Gardens, FL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Miami Gardens wasn’t incorporated at the time. The acreage was owned by Dade County.
Opa-locka, FL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1983-1984
Miami Gardens, FL Announced Location for New Stadium – 1984
Miami Gardens wasn’t incorporated at the time. The acreage was owned by Dade County.
Weston, FL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Weston wasn’t incorporated at the time. The acreage was owned by Broward County.
   
Located in Miami Gardens, FL (Miami Metro) – Since 1987
Miami Gardens, FL Moved to New Stadium – 1987
Miami Gardens wasn’t incorporated at the time. The acreage was owned by Dade County.
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area Since 2013
Mangonia Park, FL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Palm Beach Co., FL Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
Minnesota Vikings Franchise
Located in Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis Metro) – 1961-1981
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1973-1976
Minneapolis, MN Speculated Location for a New Stadium
St. Paul, MN Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1977-1979
Brooklyn Ctr., MN Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Coon Rapids, MN Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Eagan, MN Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Minneapolis, MN Announced Location for New Stadium – 1979
   
Located in Minneapolis, MN – Since 1982
Minneapolis, MN Moved to New Stadium – 1982
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 2005-2006
Blaine, MN Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area Since 2010
Arden Hills, MN Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Brooklyn Park, MN Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
New England Patriots Franchise
Boston Patriots
Located in Boston, MA – 1960-1968
Temporarily Located in Chestnut Hill, MA (Boston Metro) – 1969
Temporarily Located in Boston, MA – 1970
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1967-1970
Foxborough, MA Announced Location for New Stadium – 1970
Haverhill, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Newton, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Salem, NH Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Weston, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Wilmington, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
New England Patriots
Located in Foxborough, MA (Boston Metro) – Since 1971
Foxborough, MA Moved to New Stadium – 1971
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1991-1994
Ayer, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Boston, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Bridgewater, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
East Cambridge, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Lynn, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Marlborough, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Middleborough, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Peabody, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Quincy, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Waltham, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
West Bridgewater, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1995-1997
Boston, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1999
Boston, MA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
New Orleans Saints Franchise
Located in New Orleans, LA – 1967-2004
Temporarily Located in Baton Rouge, LA & San Antonio, TX – 2005
Located in New Orleans, LA – Since 2006
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Home
New York Giants Franchise
Located in New York, NY (Manhattan) – 1925-1955
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1956
New York, NY (The Bronx) Announced Move – 1956
   
Located in New York, NY (The Bronx) – 1956-1973
Temporarily Located in New Haven, CT – 1973-1974
Temporarily Located in New York, NY – 1975
New York, NY (The Bronx) Moved to Location – 1956
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1971-1973
East Rutherford, NJ Announced Location for New Stadium – 1971
New York, NY (Queens) Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Located in East Rutherford, NJ (New York Metro) – Since 1976
East Rutherford, NJ Moved to New Stadium – 1976
   
Home
New York Jets Franchise
New York Jets (New York Titans 1960-1962)
Located in New York, NY (Manhattan) – 1960-1963
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1960
New York, NY (Queens) Announced Location for New Stadium – 1961
   
New York Jets
Located in New York, NY (Queens) – 1964-1983
New York, NY (Queens) Moved to New Stadium – 1964
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1976-1977
East Rutherford, NJ Speculated Move
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1983
East Rutherford, NJ Announced Move – 1983
   
Located in East Rutherford, NJ (New York Metro) – Since 1984
East Rutherford, NJ Moved to Location – 1984
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1985-1987
New York, NY (Queens) Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1999-2005
New York, NY (Manhattan) Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
Oakland Raiders Franchise
Oakland Raiders
Located in San Francisco, CA – 1960-1961
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1960-1961
Fremont, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Hayward, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Oakland, CA Announced Move – 1961
San Leandro, CA Speculated Move
   
Oakland Raiders
Located in Oakland, CA – 1962-1981
Oakland, CA Moved to Location – 1962
   
Los Angeles Raiders
Located in Los Angeles, CA – 1982-1994
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1987-1989
Carson, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Inglewood, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Irwindale, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Oxnard, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Pasadena, CA Speculated Move
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1994-1995
Anaheim, CA Speculated Move
Inglewood, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Oakland Raiders
Located in Oakland, CA – Since 1995
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area Since 2008
Dublin, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
Philadelphia Eagles Franchise
Located in Philadelphia, PA – Since 1933
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Home
Pittsburgh Steelers Franchise
Pittsburgh Steelers (Pittsburgh Pirates 1933-1939)
Located in Pittsburgh, PA – Since 1933
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Home
St. Louis Rams Franchise
Cleveland Rams
Located in Cleveland, OH – 1936-1937 (Joined the NFL in 1937)
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1938
East Cleveland, OH Announced Move – 1938
   
Located in East Cleveland, OH (Cleveland Metro) – 1938
East Cleveland, OH Moved to Location – 1938
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1939
Cleveland, OH Announced Move – 1939
   
Located in Cleveland, OH – 1939-1945
Cleveland, OH Moved to Location – 1939
   
Los Angeles Rams
Located in Los Angeles, CA – 1946-1979
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1978
Anaheim, CA Announced Move – 1978
   
Located in Anaheim, CA (Los Angeles Metro) – 1980-1994
Anaheim, CA Moved to Location – 1980
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1987-1988
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1994
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move
Pasadena, CA Speculated Move
   
St. Louis Rams
Located in St. Louis, MO – Since 1995
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area Since 2012
Fenton, MO Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Maryland Heights, MO Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
San Diego Chargers Franchise
Los Angeles Chargers
Located in Los Angeles, CA – 1960
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
San Diego Chargers
Located in San Diego, CA – Since 1961
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 2006-2009
Chula Vista, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Escondido, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
National City, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Oceanside, CA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
San Francisco 49ers Franchise
Located in San Francisco, CA – Since 1946
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
The 49ers future stadium in Santa Clara, CA is located in the San Jose metro area.
   
Home
Seattle Seahawks Franchise
Located in Seattle, WA – Since 1976
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area in 1996
Federal Way, WA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Issaquah, WA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Kent, WA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Home
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Franchise
Located in Tampa, FL – Since 1976
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Home
Tennessee Titans Franchise
Houston Oilers
Located in Houston, TX – 1960-1996
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Tennessee Titans (Tennessee Oilers 1997-1998)
Temporarily Located in Memphis, TN – 1997
Located in Nashville, TN – Since 1998
There have never been any reports about the Titans relocating.
   
Home
Washington Redskins Franchise
Boston Redskins (Boston Braves 1932)
Located in Boston, MA – 1932-1936
Reports of relocation only included moves to other metro areas.
   
Washington Redskins
Located in Washington, DC – 1937-1996
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1987-1992
Alexandria, VA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Arlington, VA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Fair Oaks, VA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Landover, MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Loudoun Co., VA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Montgomery Co., MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Oxon, Hill, MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Prince William Co., VA Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area From 1993-1996
Konterra, MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Landover, MD Announced Location for New Stadium – 1996
Laurel, MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Oxon, Hill, MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
Suitland, MD Speculated Location for a New Stadium
   
Located in Landover, MD (Washington Metro) – Since 1997
Landover, MD Moved to Location – 1997
   
Proposed Relocation within the Metro Area Since 2011
Washington, DC Speculated Location for a New Stadium

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