Columbus no longer getting promised training camp as Browns back out of the deal.
A deal that would have seen the Cleveland Browns training camp relocated to Columbus in 2018 falls through as the Browns back out.
The deal would have included new football fields, and a new and bigger Tuttle Park rec center. On Wednesday, the Browns informed Franklin County and the city that they would not be moving forward.
According to a statement from the team’s spokesman, Peter John-Baptiste, the organization felt it was in everyone’s best interest to remain in Berea for the immediate future.
The turned down deal would have cost Franklin County and the Browns $5 million each with the city covering the estimated $15-17 million remaining.
According to a statement given by Columbus director of Recreation and Parks, Tony Collins, the goal of the project was to work with partners in a way that maximized programs for their residents and facilities, but they were unable to move forward with the project.
While the deal was still in its early stages earlier this month, it did appear to be on its way to coming to fruition. It is unclear what caused the Browns to walk away, but they did reaffirm their commitment to stay in Berea, a suburb of Cleveland.
This is the second deal this year to fall through that would see the Browns relocate outside of Cleveland.