The NFL Draft is moving to the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia has agreed to host the 2017 draft, according to, which says the city has committed $5 million toward the three-day event.

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., told he spoke with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who broke the news to him. Neither the city or the NFL has confirmed the report.

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"The NFL wanted to come here, which is a good start," Brady told "I talked with the mayor. The mayor had a concern about money because he didn't want to put the city in debt, rightfully so, so we had to go around and see if we could get some people that would help finance it and I think we were kind of successful.

"We've been dealing with this for the past couple of weeks, maybe three weeks, and [Kenney] just called me this afternoon and told me that we got the NFL, that the city is going to do it and he feels comfortable that the people who said they were going to help raise the money are going to do it."

Chicago hosted each of the past two drafts, leaving New York for the first time in 50 years. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said he'd like to see the draft held in various cities. With Philadelphia up next, cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans and Dallas might not be far behind. Even Green Bay and Canton, Ohio, could be future possibilities as both cities have expressed interest in hosting the event.

Philadelphia has hosted the NFL Draft 14 times, but has not had the event since 1961. 

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"I think it'

s going to be great for the city," Brady said. "We are going to showcase the city for the whole country again, and we'll have thousands of visitors coming in here and all the players, all sports teams and all the coaches and managers will all be around. It will be great. It's a big deal. It's astounding. Just like with the [Democratic] convention, all the hotels will be booked, all the restaurants will be filled, for a three-day event.

"They are going to do it out in the open on the Parkway for three days. It's a three-day draft. They are going to build a stage, and I'm sure they are going to put up some type of enclosure in case it rains. But that's what the NFL wanted, they wanted to do it right on the Parkway, I think, I don't know but I would imagine, with the Art Museum as the backdrop. They wanted to come here and do that so we just had to guarantee them money."