NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reportedly asked for an ownership group that includes the Cleveland Browns, the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings.
Those teams have not received a firm bid, but Goodell told the Associated Press on Monday that the NFL is looking for a “team that can do things on and off the field.”
The New York Giants have the most likely candidate, with the New York Times’ Mark J. Terrill saying that the team could join the Rams, 49ers and Seahawks if Goodell’s team decides to take a look.
Terrell noted that the Giants are one of the league’s top teams and could be a potential destination for the Rams.
“The Giants have been working hard to improve their team and the Giants’ owner is the kind of person that would like to help,” Terrill said.
“If they feel that way and are willing to help the Giants do that, then that would be something that I think would be good for the league.
I don’t think there’s anything in particular that they want that would preclude them from being a part of the NFL.”
If the Browns and the Rams end up joining forces, the league would be able to add a number of teams that have struggled in recent years.
The Rams are in the midst of a rebuild after a 3-13 season in 2017.
The Browns have lost five straight games since being in the top half of the AFC North in 2016.
The Seahawks have been one of those teams, posting a 1-12 record since the season started in 2018.
The Rams and 49ers would be the biggest winners of any of these teams joining the league, as the Rams and Browns are both located in the same metro area.
The 49ers also play in a larger market than the Rams — Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is the only NFL stadium with a capacity of fewer than 28,000.