The second trip to London in four years could be the future of the Cleveland Browns.
It is reported that the Browns could be chosen to play the Jacksonville Jaguars abroad next season.
The report comes after the Jaguars announced Tuesday that the franchise will host back-to-back games at Wembley Stadium in London during the 2020 season.
Shad Khan’s Statement
“This isn’t about next season or the next few seasons in Jacksonville, but really about the next 10 years, 25 years and beyond,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a release announcing the games. “There is no better time than now to capitalize on the opportunity to play two home games in London, where we will continue to develop our loyal and growing fan base there and throughout the UK, during a period in which I will be focused heavily on creating a new downtown experience that we want, need and must-have here.”
The #Jaguars announced they’ll play two of their home games at Wembley Stadium, connected by EE, over consecutive Sundays in London in 2020, making them the first team in NFL history to play two home games outside of the U.S. in the same regular season.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 4, 2020
The Last Browns Appearance
If the Browns are chosen to play, it would be the first time since 2017 the Browns played in the NFL International Series.
In 2017, the Browns lost to the Minnesota Vikings 33-16 at Twickenham Stadium in London.
New Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was an assistant for the Vikings at that time.
Altogether, the Browns have played overseas three times in the preseason.
The Browns first traveled abroad in the 1988 season against the New York Jets in Montreal.
Their first appearance in London was in front of 73,677 fans in the 1989 preseason.
In 1993, the Browns took on the New England Patriots in Toronto in the preseason.
Browns Fans All Over the World
Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have fans all over the world, including the United Kingdom.
One fan club includes the British Bulldawgs Browns Backers from Leicester Square in London.
The fan club features six chapters across Europe.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 24, 2017
The British Bulldawgs Browns Backers got together to kick off the 2019 season with a summer party in London. This is a small section of our UK wide fan club. If you’re a #Browns fan in the UK and want to join us for upcoming get togethers, get in touch! #brownsuk #ukbrowns pic.twitter.com/0iP9L3pnEv
— British Bulldawgs Browns Backers (@BritishBrowns) July 27, 2019
Big Browns Personalities
Playing in London means that the spotlight will be turned extra bright for some of the members of the Browns roster.
Big personalities in quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receivers Odell Beckhman Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and defensive end Myles Garrett (if he plays) would be on display.
Beckham Jr. is already a star in London.
He is an ambassador to the NFC Academy in London, which provides students ages 16 to 18 an opportunity to get a high school diploma.
Members of the school also learn how to play football from professional coaches.
Bringing one of its ambassadors to London seems like a likely vision by the members involved.