The Los Angeles Rams and the NFL have been in talks for some time about the possibility of moving to L.C. but no decision has been made, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Tuesday.
Sources tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a proposal to move the Rams to Los Angeles was made in early April by a group of players who were dissatisfied with the franchise’s move from St. Paul, Minnesota, to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2018.
The Rams will remain in St. Pete until 2021, when they’ll relocate to Los Angelenos, a source told the Post-Record.
The team’s move would be the largest NFL relocation ever.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is committed to building an “inspirational football team that will inspire fans and change the game of football forever.”
The Rams’ new home is slated to open in 2019.
Goodell said in a statement Tuesday that the NFL is “committed to working with the City of St. Peter to ensure that this team’s success can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
Sources told the St., Louis Post Dispatch that the Rams were approached by the St Petersburg Times and the Stamps, the Strikers and the Saints.
They had been negotiating for months with the owners of the Saints and Rams, sources said.
A source told ESPN that the talks have stalled.
The Saints are expected to announce the new stadium site next week, which would be a big deal for St. Peters.
It would be located on a prime parcel of land near the waterfront and would be close to the city.
Goodell has said he’d like the Saints to stay in the area.
He said in June that the franchise has “never really considered moving.”