Washington Redskins moving back to D.C.? Source says 'very likely'

Chris Cooley and the Redskins have played in suburban Maryland since 1997.

There is now even more steam behind the idea that the Washington Redskins could be coming home within the next decade or so.

During a conversation with an ABC7 source, a high-ranking team official said that it's "very likely" that if whoever the Redskins take in this April's NFL Draft sticks around for a while, he'd be playing his home games within the District of Columbia.

The source gave a time frame of about 10-12 years before the move would happen though.

Between 1937, the year the franchise moved from Boston to Washington, and 1996, the franchise played all of its home games in D.C. The team played at Griffith Stadium until 1961, when the Redskins moved into RFK Stadium.

Since 1997, though, the team has played at FedEx Field in Landover while RFK was occupied by D.C. United and, for a time, the Washington Nationals.

District leaders, including Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilmember Marion Barry, have been very vocal in courting the Redskins "back home" in recent months. During a Twitter rant on Super Bowl Sunday, Barry said that the Redskins hadn't been "right since they left D.C." with the hashtag "#dciswheretheskinsbelong."

Meanwhile, last week, a report surfaced that the team was considering moving their training camp to Richmond.