A Brief History of NFL Relocations (Updated)

As the NFL meets to ponder three applications to relocate to Los Angeles, below is a history of team relocations.

Arizost-louis-cardinalsna Cardinals

  • 1944 – Merged with Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1945 – Returned as an independent team
  • 1960 – Moved to St. Louis.
  • 1988 – Moved to Phoenix.
  • 1994 – Changed named to Arizona Cardinals.

 

Atlanta Falcons – no relocations.

Baltimore Ravens

  • 1945 – Founded as Cleveland Browns in AAFC League
  • 1950 – Merged with Buffalo Bills as part of NFL merger
  • 1996 – Moved to Baltimore

Buffalo Bills – no relocations

Carolina Panthers – no relocations.

decatur_staleys_1921[1]Chicago Bears

  • 1920 – Founded as Decatur Staleys
  • 1921 – Moved to Chicago
  • 1922 – Renamed the Bears

Cincinnati Bengals – no relocations

Cleveland Browns – no relocations

Dallas Cowboys – no relocations

Denver Broncos – no relocations

old-school-lions-portsmouth-spartans[1]Detroit Lions

  • 1930 – Founded as Portsmouth, OH Spartans
  • 1934 – moved to Detroit and become the Lions

 

Green Bay Packers

  • 1933-1994 – Played a portion of their games in Milwaukee

Houston Texans – no relocations

Dayton-Triangles[1]Indianapolis Colts

  • Founded as Dayton Triangles
  • 1930 – moved to Brooklyn as Dodgers
  • 1944 – changed name to Tigers
  • 1945 – merged with Boston Yanks
  • 1949 – moved to New York as Bulldogs
  • 1950 – name changed to New York Yanks
  • 1952 – replaced by Dallas Texans
  • 1953 – replaced by Baltimore Colts
  • 1971 – Colts/Rams swap owners
  • 1984 – Colts move to Indianapolis

Jacksonville Jaguars – no relocation.

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Kansas City Chiefs

  • 1960 – Dallas Texans
  • 1963 – Kansas City Chiefs

 

Miami Dolphins – no relocations

Minnesota Vikings – no relocations

New England Patriots

  • 1960 – founded as Boston Patriots
  • 1971 – move to Foxboro as New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

  • 2005 Played Games in San Antonio and Baton Rouge due to damage from Hurricane Katrina

New York Giants

  • 1973-1974 Played in New Haven
  • 1976 – moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey

New York Jets

  • 1984 – moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey

Oakland Raiders

  • 1961 – Began playing in San Francisco
  • 1963 – Moved to Oakland
  • 1982 – moved to Los Angeles
  • 1995 – moved back to Oakland
  • 2019 – will move to Las Vegas

Philadelphia Eagles

  • 1940 – ownership swap with Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1943 – temporarily merged with Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • 1940 – ownership swap with Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1943 – temporarily merged with Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1944 – temporarily merged with Chicago Cardinals

5dylj4wilsumiuzgg9ef7b9v2[1]San Diego Chargers

  • 1959 – founded as Los Angeles Charger
  • 1961 – moved to San Diego
  • 2017 – moved to Los Angeles

 

 

San Francisco 49ers – no relocations

Seattle Seahawks – no relocations

4622[1]St. Louis Rams

  • 1936 – Founded as Cleveland Rams
  • 1946 – moved to Los Angeles
  • 1971 – Colts/Rams swap owners
  • 1995 – moved to St Louis
  • 2016 – moved to Los Angeles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – no relocations

houston-oilers-logoTennessee Titans

  • 1959: Founded as Houston Oilers
  • 1997 – Moved to Memphis as Tennessee Oilers
  • 1998 – Moved to Nashville
  • 1999 – Name changed to Titans

Washington Redkins

  • Founded as Boston Braves
  • 1937 – Moved to Washington as Redskins

 

 

 

 

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