D.C. mayor wants Redskins playing back in the District, eyes RFK site

Matt Weyrich

The Washington Redskins are locked into their contract that keeps them in Landover, Maryland, through the 2027 season, but the mayor of the city represented in the first half of their name isn't counting out the possibility of them making an eventual return to the nation's capital.

According to the Washington Business Journal, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke with reporters Friday at a conference hosted by the University of the District of Columbia. She stressed that "all of our teams should be playing within our boundaries," saying that the site of RFK Stadium would be a great fit for the NFL franchise.

"We're not going to chase them down and we'd like them be winners when they come," Bowser said. "We don't feel like we're in the position to beg for this type of development. We have a great site, we think the best site in the region. And when the time is right, we're going to make sure the site is activated."

RFK and the surrounding property is owned by the federal government, but District officials are hoping to take ownership of the site-a move that would open the door for the Redskins to return. Team owner Dan Snyder worked with congressional leaders in 2018 toward changing the land's usage designation, but the legislation stalled when lawmakers couldn't settle on the terms of the legislation.

With plans to demolish the still-standing RFK Stadium by 2021, the District has yet to decide how it will use the site regardless of what the Redskins are able to do. Given FedEx Stadium's deteriorated state and the lack of accessibility to the complex, it's certainly something the team will keep an eye on as the demolition progresses.

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