May 272013
 

There are only two NFL franchises – the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans – that have never made any serious threats about relocating to another metro area.

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

Proposed NFL Team Relocation

The list only includes relocation to different metro areas. For example the New York Giants’ move to East Rutherford, NJ, from New York, NY, isn’t listed because the Giants stayed in the NYC metro area. Click here for a list of proposed relocation within the team’s metro area.

Only rumors of “permanent” moves were listed. Click here for a list of rumored 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.

 

There is also a listing for how likely the listed move was to occur. These listings are my opinion, which I based off of the reports I saw in the newspapers I researched.

Unlikely Move – It was unlikely that the team was going to move to the listed location.

Possible Move – There was more than a slight possibility that the team would’ve move to the listed location.

Probable Move – The team didn’t move to the listed location, but at the time it seemed likely that they would.

 

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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Arizona Cardinals Franchise
Chicago Cardinals
Located in Chicago, IL – 1898-1959 (Joined the NFL in 1920)
Reports of Relocation in 1946    
San Francisco, CA Denied Reports Unlikely Move
(Proposed Merger with the San Francisco Clippers of the Pacific Coast League)
     
Reports of Relocation in 1954-1956    
Buffalo, NY Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Kansas City, MO Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Miami, FL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Montreal, QB (Canada) Denied Reports Unlikely Move
St. Louis, MO Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1958-1960    
Buffalo, NY Speculated Move Probable Move
Dallas, TX Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Houston, TX Speculated Move Possible Move
Miami, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Minneapolis, MN ¹ Speculated Move Probable Move
St. Louis, MO Announced Relocation 1960
     
St. Louis Cardinals
Located in St. Louis, MO – 1960-1987
St. Louis, MO Moved to Location 1960
     
Reports of Relocation in 1964    
Atlanta, GA Speculated Move Probable Move
New Orleans, LA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1984-1985    
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1986-1988    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Probable Move
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Probable Move
New York, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the NYC Borough of Queens)    
Phoenix, AZ ² Announced Relocation 1988
     
Arizona Cardinals (Phoenix Cardinals 1988-1993)
Located in Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Metro) – 1988-2005
Located in Glendale, AZ (Phoenix Metro) – Since 2006
Phoenix, AZ ² Moved to Location 1988
     
Reports of Relocation in 1995-1997    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Possible Move
Chicago, IL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Cleveland, OH Speculated Move Possible Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1999-2000    
Houston, TX Speculated Move Possible Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 2002    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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Atlanta Falcons Franchise
Located in Atlanta, GA – Since 1966
Reports of Relocation in 1987-1988    
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Probable Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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Baltimore Ravens Franchise
Located in Baltimore, MD – Since 1996
There have never been any reports about the franchise permanently relocating.
The Baltimore Ravens were formed when the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore, MD.
     
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Buffalo Bills Franchise
Located in Buffalo, NY – 1960-1972
Located in Orchard Park, NY (Buffalo Metro) – Since 1973
Reports of Relocation in 1968-1969    
Montreal, QB (Canada) Speculated Move Possible Move
Seattle, WA Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1971    
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move Unlikely Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburb of Anaheim, CA)
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Unlikely Move
New York, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the NYC Borough of The Bronx)
Seattle, WA Speculated Move Possible Move
Tampa, FL Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1994    
Toronto, ON (Canada) Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 2002
   
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move

   
Reports of Relocation 2006-2012    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
Toronto, ON (Canada) Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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Carolina Panthers Franchise
Temporarily Located in Clemson, SC – 1995
Located in Charlotte, NC – Since 1996
Reports of Relocation in 2012    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
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Chicago Bears Franchise
Decatur Staleys
Located in Decatur, IL – 1919-1920 (Joined the NFL in 1920)
Reports of Relocation in 1920    
Chicago, IL Announced Relocation 1921
     
Chicago Bears (Chicago Staleys 1921)
Located in Chicago, IL – 1921-2001
Temporarily Located in Champaign, IL – 2002
Located in Chicago, IL – Since 2003
Chicago, IL Moved to Location 1921
     
Reports of Relocation in 1995    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1999    
Houston, TX Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
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Cincinnati Bengals Franchise
Located in Cincinnati, OH – Since 1968
Reports of Relocation in 1993    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
Orlando, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
St. Louis, MO Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1995-1996    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Possible Move
Cleveland, OH Speculated Move Probable Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
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Cleveland Browns Franchise
Cleveland Browns (1946-1995, 1999- )
Located in Cleveland, OH – Since 1946
Reports of Relocation in 1994-1995    
Baltimore, MD Announced Relocation 1995
The Cleveland Browns name and history stayed in Cleveland, OH.
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
St. Louis, MO Speculated Move Possible Move
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
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Dallas Cowboys Franchise
Located in Dallas, TX – 1960-1971
Located in Irving, TX (Dallas Metro) – 1971-2008
Located in Arlington, TX (Dallas Metro) – Since 2009
Reports of Relocation in 1960    
Minneapolis, MN ¹ Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
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Denver Broncos Franchise
Located in Denver, CO – Since 1960
Reports of Relocation in 1964-1965    
Atlanta, GA Speculated Move Possible Move
Chicago, IL Speculated Move Possible Move
Philadelphia, PA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1966-1967    
Birmingham, AL Speculated Move Possible Move
Cincinnati, OH Speculated Move Possible Move
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburb of Anaheim, CA)
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Possible Move
Portland, OR Speculated Move Possible Move
Seattle, WA Speculated Move Possible Move
Winston-Salem, NC Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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Detroit Lions Franchise
Portsmouth Spartans
Located in Portsmouth, OH – 1929-1933 (Joined the NFL in 1930)
Reports of Relocation in 1933-1934    
Cleveland, OH Speculated Move Possible Move
Detroit, MI Announced Relocation 1934
     
Detroit Lions
Located in Detroit, MI – 1934-1974
Located in Pontiac, MI (Detroit Metro) – 1975-2001
Located in Detroit, MI – Since 2002
Detroit, MI Moved to Location 1934
     
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Green Bay Packers
Located in Green Bay, WI – Since 1919 (Joined the NFL in 1921)
Reports of Relocation in 1933    
Milwaukee, WI Speculated Move – Full-Time Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1939    
Milwaukee, WI Denied Reports – Full-Time Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1947    
Milwaukee, WI Speculated Move – Full-Time Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1956    
Buffalo, NY Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Miami, FL Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Milwaukee, WI Speculated Move – Full-Time Move Possible Move
Minneapolis, MN ¹ Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 2000    
Milwaukee, WI Speculated Move Unlikely Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburbs in Waukesha Co., WI)
     
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Houston Texans Franchise
Located in Houston, TX – Since 2002
There have never been any reports about the franchise permanently relocating.
     
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Indianapolis Colts Franchise
Baltimore Colts
Located in Baltimore, MD – 1953-1983
Reports of Relocation in 1971-1972    
Tampa, FL Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1976    
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1979    
Birmingham, AL Speculated Move Possible Move
Honolulu, HI Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Indianapolis, IN Speculated Move Possible Move
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Probable Move
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move Probable Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Possible Move
Portland, OR Speculated Move Unlikely Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburb of Troutdale, OR)
     
From 1980 to 1982 rumors that the Colts would move continued to persist. Despite the fact that their ownership said they were staying in Baltimore, apologized to the fans, and built a new training facility.
     
Reports of Relocation in 1983-1984    
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
New York, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the NYC Borough of Queens)
Indianapolis, IN Announced Relocation 1984
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Indianapolis Colts
Located in Indianapolis, IN – Since 1984
Indianapolis, IN Moved to Location 1984
     
Reports of Relocation in 1996    
Cleveland, OH Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 2002-2004    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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Jacksonville Jaguars Franchise
Located in Jacksonville, FL – Since 1995
Reports of Relocation in 2005-2011    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Probable Move
Orlando, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Toronto, ON (Canada) Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
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Kansas City Chiefs Franchise
Dallas Texans
Located in Dallas, TX – 1960-1962
Reports of Relocation in 1962-1963    
Kansas City, MO Announced Relocation 1963
New Orleans, LA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Kansas City Chiefs
Located in Kansas City, MO – Since 1963
Kansas City, MO Moved to Location 1963
     
Reports of Relocation in 1965-1966    
Chicago, IL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Los Angeles, CA Denied Reports Unlikely Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburb of Anaheim, CA)
     
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Miami Dolphins
Located in Miami, FL – 1966-1986
Located in Miami Gardens, FL (Miami Metro) – Since 1987
Reports of Relocation in 1977    
Birmingham, AL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1979    
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1983-1984    
New York, NY Speculated Move Unlikely Move
(Proposed Move to the NYC Borough of Queens)
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation Since 2013    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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Minnesota Vikings Franchise
Located in Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis Metro) – 1961-1981
Located in Minneapolis, MN – Since 1982
Reports of Relocation in 1973    
Birmingham, AL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Jacksonville, FL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Memphis, TN Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Orlando, FL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Phoenix, AZ ² Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Seattle, WA Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Tampa, FL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1976    
Birmingham, AL Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Probable Move
New York, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the NYC Borough of The Bronx)
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1978-1979    
Birmingham, AL Speculated Move Possible Move
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1996-1998    
Birmingham, AL Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Cleveland, OH Speculated Move Probable Move
Houston, TX Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Las Vegas, NV Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Probable Move
Toronto, ON (Canada) Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1999-2005    
Houston, TX Speculated Move Possible Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation 2007-2012    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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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
Reports of Relocation in 1967-1970    
Birmingham, AL Speculated Move Possible Move
Honolulu, HI Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Kentucky Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
Mobile, AL Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Montreal, QB (Canada) Speculated Move Unlikely Move
New Haven, CT Speculated Move Possible Move
North Carolina Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Orlando, FL Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Seattle, WA Speculated Move Probable Move
Tampa, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Toronto, ON (Canada) Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Worcester, MA Speculated Move Possible Move
(Including the Suburb of Sturbridge, MA)
     
New England Patriots
Located in Foxborough, MA (Boston Metro) – Since 1971
Reports of Relocation in 1986    
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Unlikely Move
New York, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the NYC Borough of Queens)
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1988-1990    
Bridgeport, CT Speculated Move Probable Move
Hartford, CT Speculated Move Possible Move
(Including the Suburb of Bristol, CT)
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
New York, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
Sacramento, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
St. Louis, MO Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1991-1992    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Possible Move
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
Providence, RI Speculated Move Probable Move
(Including the Suburb of Raynham, MA)
St. Louis, MO Speculated Move Probable Move
Springfield, MA Speculated Move Possible Move
(Including the Suburb of Holland, MA)
Worcester, MA Speculated Move Possible Move
(Including the Suburbs of Auburn & Oxford, MA, Uxbridge, MA)
     
Reports of Relocation in 1993-1994    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Possible Move
Bridgeport, CT Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Hartford, CT Speculated Move Possible Move
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
New Haven, CT Speculated Move Possible Move
Providence, RI Speculated Move Possible Move
St. Louis, MO Speculated Move Probable Move
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1997-1999    
Cleveland, OH Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Hartford, CT Move to Location Aborted 1999
Norwich, CT Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburbs of Ledyard, CT & Stonington, CT)
Providence, RI Speculated Move Probable Move
(Including the Suburbs: Fall River, MA & New Bedford, MA)
Springfield, MA Speculated Move Possible Move
Worcester, MA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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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 in 1984-1985    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Possible Move
Indianapolis, IN Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Probable Move
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1999-2001    
Gulfport, MS Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburbs in Hancock Co., MS)
Houston, TX Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
Portland, OR Speculated Move Unlikely Move
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Possible Move
Toronto, ON (Canada) Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 2002-2005    
Albuquerque, NM Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Probable Move
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 2011    
Toronto, ON (Canada) Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
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New York Giants Franchise
Located in New York, NY – 1925-1973
Reports of Relocation in 1955    
Dallas, TX Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Temporarily Located in New Haven, CT – 1973-1974
Temporarily Located in New York, NY – 1975
Located in East Rutherford, NJ (New York Metro) – Since 1976
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New York Jets Franchise
New York Jets (New York Titans 1960-1962)
Located in New York, NY – 1960-1983
Located in East Rutherford, NJ – Since 1984
Reports of Relocation in 1962    
New Orleans, LA Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1966    
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Part of a preliminary AFL-NFL merger proposal by the NFL to maintain one team per city. It was proposed that the Los Angeles Rams would move to San Diego, CA, and the San Diego Chargers to New Orleans, LA.

   
Reports of Relocation in 2001    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
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Oakland Raiders Franchise
Oakland Raiders
Temporarily Located in San Francisco, CA – 1960-1961
Located in Oakland, CA – 1962-1981
Reports of Relocation in 1961-1963    
Atlanta, GA Speculated Move Possible Move
Chicago, IL Speculated Move Possible Move
Cincinnati, OH Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Kansas City, MO Speculated Move Possible Move
New Orleans, LA Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Portland, OR Denied Reports Unlikely Move
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Seattle, WA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1966    
Seattle, WA Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Part of a preliminary AFL-NFL merger proposal by the NFL to maintain one team per city.

   
Reports of Relocation in 1978-1980    
Los Angeles, CA Move to Location Suspended 1980
     
Reports of Relocation in 1981-1982    
Los Angeles, CA Announced Relocation 1982
     
Los Angeles Raiders
Located in Los Angeles, CA – 1982-1994
Los Angeles, CA Moved to Location 1982
     
Reports of Relocation in 1982-1985    
New York, NY Denied Reports Unlikely Move
(Proposed Move to the NYC Borough of Queens)
Oakland, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1987-1990    
Oakland, CA Speculated Move Probable Move
Sacramento, CA Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1994-1995    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Possible Move
Hartford, CT Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Oakland, CA Announced Relocation 1995
Orlando, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Sacramento, CA Speculated Move Unlikely Move
St. Louis, MO Speculated Move Unlikely Move
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Oakland Raiders
Located in Oakland, CA – Since 1995
Oakland, CA Moved to Location 1995
     
Reports of Relocation in 1998-2001    
Chicago, IL Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Rumors of the Raiders moving back to Los Angeles have persisted since the late 1990s.
     
Reports of Relocation in 2006    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation Since 2009    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
San Jose, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburb of Santa Clara, CA)
     
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Philadelphia Eagles Franchise
Located in Philadelphia, PA – Since 1933
Reports of Relocation in 1940    
Pittsburgh, PA Speculated Move – Part-Time Probable Move
Proposal for the Eagles to split their home games between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh was rejected by the league. The team was to be called the Pennsylvania Keystoners.
     
Reports of Relocation in 1949    
San Francisco, CA Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1956    
Louisville, KY Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1963    
Miami, FL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1984    
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1996, 1999    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
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Pittsburgh Steelers Franchise
Pittsburgh Steelers (Pittsburgh Pirates 1933-1939)
Located in Pittsburgh, PA – Since 1933
Reports of Relocation in 1939-1940    
Boston, MA Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1956    
Buffalo, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
Denver, CO Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Louisville, KY Speculated Move Possible Move
Minneapolis, MN ¹ Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1958    
Buffalo, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
Miami, FL Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1963    
Philadelphia, PA Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1967    
Seattle, WA Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
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St. Louis Rams Franchise
Cleveland Rams
Located in Cleveland, OH – 1936-1937 (Joined the NFL in 1937)
Located in East Cleveland, OH (Cleveland Metro) – 1938
Located in Cleveland, OH – 1939-1945
Reports of Relocation in 1941    
Boston, MA Speculated Move Possible Move
Cincinnati, OH Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1943    
Boston, MA Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Cincinnati, OH Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1945    
New York, NY Speculated Move Probable Move
(Proposed Move to the NYC Borough of Brooklyn)
     
Reports of Relocation in 1946    
Los Angeles, CA Announced Relocation 1946
     
Los Angeles Rams
Located in Los Angeles, CA – 1946-1979
Located in Anaheim, CA (Los Angeles Metro) – 1980-1994
Los Angeles, CA Moved to Location 1946
     
Reports of Relocation in 1966
San Diego, CA Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Part of a preliminary AFL-NFL merger proposal by the NFL to maintain one team per city. It was proposed that the New York Jets would move to Los Angeles, CA, and the San Diego Chargers to New Orleans, LA.
 

   
Reports of Relocation in 1993-1995    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Probable Move
Hartford, CT Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
St. Louis, MO Announced Relocation 1995
San Antonio, TX Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
St. Louis Rams
Located in St. Louis, MO – Since 1995
St. Louis, MO Moved to Location 1995
     
Reports of Relocation Since 2008    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
London, England (United Kingdom) Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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San Diego Chargers Franchise
Los Angeles Chargers
Located in Los Angeles, CA – 1960
Reports of Relocation in 1960-1961    
Atlanta, GA Speculated Move Possible Move
San Diego, CA Announced Relocation 1961
Seattle, WA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
San Diego Chargers
Located in San Diego, CA – Since 1961
San Diego, CA Moved to Location 1961
     
Reports of Relocation in 1964-1965    
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburb of Anaheim, CA)
     
Reports of Relocation in 1966    
New Orleans, LA Speculated Move Unlikely
Part of a preliminary AFL-NFL merger proposal by the NFL to maintain one team per city. It was proposed that the New York Jets would move to Los Angeles, CA, and the Los Angeles Rams to San Diego, CA.

   
Reports of Relocation in 1976    
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1978    
Los Angeles, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 2000-2004    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Probable Move
Portland, OR Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation Since 2006    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
     
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San Francisco 49ers Franchise
Located in San Francisco, CA – Since 1946
Reports of Relocation in 1953    
Dallas, TX Speculated Move Probable Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1989    
Sacramento, CA Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1997    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
Sacramento, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 2006-2012    
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
San Jose, CA Announced Relocation 2012
(Proposed Move to the Suburb of Santa Clara, CA)
     
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Seattle Seahawks Franchise
Located in Seattle, WA – Since 1976
Reports of Relocation in 1988    
Oakland, CA Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
     
Reports of Relocation in 1995-1997    
Cleveland, OH Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Los Angeles, CA Move to Location Aborted 1996-1997
     
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Franchise
Located in Tampa, FL – Since 1976
Reports of Relocation in 1989    
Orlando, FL Speculated Move Probable Move
Sacramento, CA Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1993-1996    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Probable Move
Birmingham, AL Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Cleveland, OH Speculated Move Probable Move
Hartford, CT Speculated Move Possible Move
Houston, TX Speculated Move Possible Move
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Speculated Move Possible Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Unlikely Move
Orlando, FL Speculated Move Possible Move
(Including the Suburb of Osceola Co., FL)    
St. Louis, MO Speculated Move Possible Move
Toronto, ON (Canada) Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation Since 2011    
London, England (United Kingdom) Denied Reports Unlikely Move
Los Angeles, CA ³ Denied Reports Unlikely Move
     
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Tennessee Titans Franchise
Houston Oilers
Located in Houston, TX – 1960-1996
Reports of Relocation in 1967    
Seattle, WA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1987    
Jacksonville, FL Speculated Move Probable Move
Memphis, TN Speculated Move Possible Move
Phoenix, AZ ² Speculated Move Possible Move
Sacramento, CA Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1995    
Nashville, TN Announced Relocation 1995
     
Tennessee Titans (Tennessee Oilers 1997-1998)
Temporarily Located in Memphis, TN – 1997
Located in Nashville, TN – Since 1998
Memphis, TN Moved to Location 1997
Nashville, TN Moved to Location 1998
     
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Washington Redskins Franchise
Boston Redskins (Boston Braves 1932)
Located in Boston, MA – 1932-1936
Reports of Relocation in 1936    
Buffalo, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
Cleveland, OH Speculated Move Possible Move
New York, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
(Proposed Move to the Suburb of Newark, NJ)
Washington, DC Announced Relocation 1936
     
Washington Redskins
Located in Washington, DC – 1937-1996
Located in Landover, MD (Washington Metro) – Since 1997
Washington, DC Moved to Location 1937
     
Reports of Relocation in 1950    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Unlikely Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1956, 1958    
Buffalo, NY Speculated Move Possible Move
Dallas, TX Speculated Move Probable Move
Louisville, KY Speculated Move Possible Move
     
Reports of Relocation in 1992    
Baltimore, MD Speculated Move Possible Move

 

¹ A move to Minneapolis, MN, meant a move to the suburb of Bloomington, MN, which is where Metropolitan Stadium was located.

² A move to Phoenix, AZ, meant a move to the suburb of Tempe, AZ, which is where Sun Devil Stadium is located.

³ Since 1995, rumored relocation to Los Angeles, CA, could have meant a move to the suburbs of Anaheim, Carson, City of Industry, Inglewood, or Pasadena.

 

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