An NFL odyssey THE BROWNS' MOVE TO BALTIMORE

November 05, 1995

March 29, 1984: The Colts leave Baltimore for Indianapolis.

1987: St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill comes to Baltimore but decides instead to move his team to Phoenix.

March 1992: Baltimore is one of five finalist cities for two expansion teams along with Charlotte, N.C., Jacksonville, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., and St. Louis.

Oct. 21, 1992: The NFL decides to postpone expansion for at least a year.

Oct. 26, 1993: The NFL awards an expansion franchise to Charlotte but delays choosing a second city until Nov. 30.

Nov. 30, 1993: In a surprise, the NFL picks Jacksonville as the second expansion team over expected front-runners Baltimore and St. Louis.

Jan. 4, 1994: A group of Baltimore investors files a bid to buy the New England Patriots.

Jan. 21, 1994: Robert Kraft, a Boston-based investor, buys the Patriots and pledges to keep the team in New England.

Feb. 4, 1994: Gov. William Donald Schaefer talks with Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis about moving the Raiders to Baltimore.

Feb. 24, 1994: Schaefer says the list of NFL franchises considering a move to Baltimore includes the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Los Angeles Rams and the Raiders.

March 1, 1994: The Seahawks announce they are not for sale after all.

May 2, 1994: The Rams take their first formal step toward moving when they notify officials in Anaheim, Calif., they intend to cancel their stadium lease in 15 months.

Nov. 10, 1994: Officials of the Buccaneers announce the team is for sale.

Nov. 13, 1994: Prospective NFL owner Peter Angelos, the Orioles' controlling partner, says the Rams still have issues to resolve with St. Louis and that Baltimore remains in the running.

Jan. 8, 1995: An investment group led by Angelos offers more than $200 million for the Buccaneers with the intention of moving the franchise to Baltimore.

Jan. 16, 1995: Rejecting last-minute efforts from two Baltimore-based groups, including a $211 million bid from Angelos, trustees for the Buccaneers agree to sell the team to Malcolm Glazer, who says he wants to keep it in Tampa "forever."

April 12, 1995: NFL owners approve the Rams' move to St. Louis.

June 14, 1995: Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown visits Baltimore.

June 23, 1995: Raiders owner Davis signs a letter of intent to return the team to Oakland, becoming the first owner of a major sports team to come back to a city he had abandoned.

June 29, 1995: Baltimore's hopes for a Bengals move ends when the Cincinnati City Council approves a financing plan to build new stadiums for the Bengals and baseball's Reds.

Aug. 15, 1995: Although acknowledging contact with the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers, Maryland Stadium Authority chairman John Moag says he does not consider either team a likely candidate to move to Baltimore.

Oct. 20, 1995: Gov. Parris Glendening and Moag fax a proposal that states Baltimore will retain funding for a new stadium if the league passes a legally binding resolution by the end of the year that guarantees either an expansion team or a relocated franchise.

Nov. 4, 1995: Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell is scheduled to announce tomorrow that he is moving his team to Baltimore, according to sources close to Modell.

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