The Cleveland Browns, the team that has the NFL’s longest active streak of playoff appearances and is hoping to get back to the playoffs this season, are still looking to stay in Cleveland.NFL.com has learned the team is still trying to find a stadium for the team’s new stadium in 2020, which would open at the same time the team hopes to move into its current facility.
It’s a long shot, to be sure, but the Browns have made it clear that it’s not a priority at this point in time.
The Browns have had discussions with the NFL for the past few years about finding a home for their stadium, and a new stadium could be on the table if the team doesn’t find a home.
Cleveland has been trying to get the NFL to move its franchise to Cleveland since 2013.
The team has talked to several teams in recent years, but it has never found an agreement, according to a person familiar with the team, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the discussions.
The person said the Browns haven’t been able to find any teams willing to take over a franchise, though they did discuss some of the potential stadium options.
The NFL’s 2020 deadline for moving the Cleveland Cavaliers from downtown Cleveland to downtown Akron for the 2020 season is March 31.
The team has not been able, however, to find another stadium that would be within walking distance of Cleveland Stadium.
A spokesperson for the Cleveland mayor’s office confirmed the Cleveland Indians are still actively looking for a new home for the Browns stadium, but declined to say what the city of Cleveland is looking for.
The Indians have not been interested in relocating to a new facility in Cleveland because they want to remain at their current home at FirstEnergy Stadium, according a person with knowledge of the situation.
The Indians also haven’t indicated they want the Browns to move.
The Bengals have been in talks with the Browns about relocating from Cincinnati to the city where the team currently plays, according this person with direct knowledge of that conversation.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly discuss the discussions, and the person said no final decision has been made.
The Cleveland Indians played in Cleveland from 1977-85.
They have not had a home in the city since then.