As we have just passed the one year anniversary of the Rams bolting out of town, some intriguing news has recently surfaced in the last few hours. According to Craig Carton, co-host of the Boomer and Carton Show on CBS Sports Network, the Busch family has supposedly made an offer to current New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to buy the team. There’s no definitive proof of the potential transaction but Carton heavily inferred that there could be a deal in the works.
On his show, Carton says that the Busch family is possibly seeking to buy the team and possibly relocate them back to St. Louis and the team would likely play in the dome. Carton also suggests that the NFL could give New York, San Diego (who just lost their NFL team), London, and Mexico City expansion franchises to expand the NFL by four teams. But fellow co-host and former four-time Pro Bowler Boomer Esiason seemed pessimistic about the idea, saying “it would never happen” but Carton seemed rather optimistic about the idea. See the full video here:
The New York Jets are currently worth almost three billion dollars ($2.75B) according to Forbes. They are listed as the seventh most valuable franchise in the NFL. But Forbes valued the Busch family’s net worth at $13.4 billion. They are also listed as America’s 18th richest family. If the Busch family desire to truly become owners of an NFL franchise and buy a team, they have the monetary sources available to do so.
The Jets finished 5-11 this past season, last in the AFC East. But in the 2015-16 season, the Jets were one win away from making the playoffs. Would you want another NFL team in St. Louis or are you done with the NFL? Regardless of how you feel, this move could potentially be made and somewhere down the line, even years later be that as it may, St. Louis could once again be home to an NFL franchise. But as for now, this is nothing more than speculation. However, stay tuned in the coming days, weeks, and months into the NFL offseason and see if this rumor has any merit to it.