WASHINGTON — While negotiations are still ongoing, the Washington Redskins are being considered as a potential team to appear in an international game in London during the 2016 season.
Redskins beat reporter Brian McNally confirmed the initial Washington Post report:
Source: Redskins among teams in talks/consideration to play in London next year but not 100% that they will indeed go. Still negotiating.—
Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 07, 2015
The Redskins are one of 12 NFL teams that has never played in London, dating back to when the NFL’s International Series started in 2007.
Washington will host the NFC East, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Green Bay, Minnesota and an NFC South team. They will go on the road to face the NFC East, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago and an NFC West team.
The Redskins last appeared in a game outside of the United States in 2011, when the Week 8 game against the Buffalo Bills was played inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Redskins lost that contest, 23-0.
London is seen as a potential site for expansion or relocation of a franchise, although the Redskins have never been publicly linked to such discussions.
The three games played in London for the 2015 season were announced on Nov. 16, 2014, meaning that the timeline for any announcement could come soon.
In his address to the media after NFL league meetings this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that other cities were also being considered for future games:
Goodell mentions Mexico, Germany as possible hosts of future international games.—
(@MarkMaske) October 07, 2015