BEREA, Ohio--The Browns were going to Columbus--now they're not.
A story in the Columbus Dispatch said the Browns have dropped their plans to move part of training camp in 2018 to Columbus.
Browns spokesman Peter John-Baptiste was quoted in the story in a released statement:
“While we greatly appreciate the efforts of and our discussions with representatives from the City of Columbus, Franklin County and Ohio State University, we believe it is best for our football team, our organizational goals and our fans to continue to host training camp in Northeast Ohio."
When the move was first announced on Dec. 8, Hue Jackson said he wanted to make sure Browns fans in Northeast Ohio wouldn't be left out.
"I like the bonding opportunities of going away and being together in a different environment because you really have to focus on each other and depend on each other a little bit more,'' Jackson said. "At the same time, I do get that being here has been a tremendous opportunity, too.
"We're going to do anything and everything that we can to make sure that our fans here get an opportunity to still be able to see this football team and touch this team. If that's the case, I'm not opposed to doing it."At the same time, I want to make sure that we do right by the people here because they have done a great job of being here at practice. I know what practice has been like here, and they have been outstanding. I know Dee and Jimmy (Haslam) will do everything they can to make sure that the fans still have an opportunity here to be around this football team."
Plans were underway to hold about three weeks of training camp in Columbus and one week in Berea.
The Browns have held training camp in Berea since 1992.