Seahawks won't leave Seattle, NFL owners say following Paul Allen's death

The Seahawks appear to be staying put.

The death of team owner Paul Allen has left many feeling uncertain about the franchise’s future, but numerous key figures at the fall NFL owners’ meeting in New York this week assured the organization won’t leave Seattle.

“Oh, I can’t imagine the Seahawks not in Seattle,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday, via USA Today. “That isn’t even a thought. As a matter of fact, he was so instrumental in establishing that certainty, so it would be, really, a little unjust, if the thing that he did the most for the NFL and sports was to stabilize the Seahawk franchise.”

Jones wasn’t alone in supporting the Seahawks’ continued tenure in Seattle.

“I do,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said when asked if he expected the team to remain where it is. “I think, I’m just guessing, but I would have to think they would have to agree with his wishes are going to make sure that whoever buys the team, that market is where the team will stay.”

Allen died Monday at the age of 65 after revealing earlier this month that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had returned, though his succession plans have yet to be addressed.

“We didn’t have any discussions,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We didn’t think it was appropriate at this point in time to be having those discussions. The Seahawks have made plans. Paul Allen made plans and at the appropriate time, those things will be discussed.”