With all the flurry Wednesday over the Redskins’ decision to continue to train in Northern Virginia and hold summer camp in Richmond, Prince George’s officials say the team has said they have no plans to depart from FedEx field in Landover.
David S. Iannucci, who had been spearheading the county’s negotiations with the team, said he was not surprised that the team had chosen to stay in Virginia for training, even though Prince George’s, working with the Maryland Stadium Authority, had done a preliminary study that found a suitable site near the Bowie MARC station.
“They have deep and long-standing ties to Northern Virginia,” Iannucci said. But he said he fully expects the team to continue to play at FedEx.
The team is in the 16th year of a 30-year lease that would be very expensive to break, he said. “It would be a massive penalty,” he said.
County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said he too was confident that the team would not leave FedEx. “They have indicated that they are fine,” he said.
Whether that means they may never return to RFK or some other site in the District is uncertain, but it doesn’t appear that it will happen any time soon.
And the decision to keep training in Virginia ends hopes, for now, of getting the training camp in either the District or Prince George’s.