WASHINGTON,D.C. (WUSA) - Mayor Vincent Gray says he has been in preliminary talks with the Washington Redskins about returning to play in the District. He wouldn't give specifics during my interview after his by-weekly news conference on Wednesday, but he added during questions that there would have to be a discussion about the team name, which Native Americans and others consider to be a racial insult.
Gray would not say who he is talking with in the organization but conceded that there has been no commitment from team owner Dan Snyder.
On the injury to starting quarterback RG3, the mayor said if the team had won last Sunday's playoff game, the discussion would be different, and that maybe the team doctor should have more say in when an injured player can return to the field.
D.C.Councilman Jack Evans had told 9News that the team could be re-located to a domed stadium to be built in place of the old RFK stadium on federal park land along the Potomac in Southeast, near the D.C. Armory.
Evans said he wanted the team back in town in five years. He said taxpayers would pay for infrastructure costs only.
Prince George's County Officials have said that they expect the team to keep playing at Fed Ex field in Landover, Md. until the lease is up in the mid 2020's.
A statement from County Executive Rushern Baker said that the team and the county had been good partners.