Forbes' 2017 NFL valuations: 49ers tie for second smallest increase


Forbes' 2017 NFL valuations: 49ers tie for second smallest increase

The numbers are in.

Forbes released its 2017 NFL franchise valuations on Monday and the 49ers are worth an estimated $3.05 billion -- the fifth highest mark in the league.

Last year, Forbes estimated that the franchise was worth $3 billion -- the fourth highest mark in the league.

Washington, who was fifth in 2016 at $2.95 billion, is fourth this year at $3.1 billion.

The Cowboys ($4.8 billion), Patriots ($3.7 billion) and Giants ($3.3 billion) are the Top 3.

The 49ers' two percent increase is tied for the second smallest with the Tennessee Titans.

The only team whose valuation stayed the same -- the New York Jets.

From Forbes:

Levi’s Stadium hosted more non-NFL events in its first three years than any other new stadium. Top events included Wrestlemania, the NHL Outdoor Game, the Pac-12 title game and several big-name concerts. The stadium generated more than $8.5 million for the city coffers in its first two years. But on the gridiron, the fall of the 49ers has been swift. After three straight conference championship games and a Super Bowl appearance between 2011 and 2013 under coach Jim Harbaugh, the Niners opened their $1.2 billion new stadium in Santa Clara for the 2014 season. The last two seasons have been a disaster with only seven wins in 32 games. Coaches Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly both lasted only one season. Fans aren't happy and some have dumped their Stadium Builders Licenses on the secondary market and recouped less than half their cost. The 49ers required season ticket holders to buy SBLs costing as much as $20,000 per seat to fund Levi's Stadium. Sales of the SBLs raised $553 million. The team hired new coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch in the offseason. Both received six-year contracts to engineer the large rebuilding effort necessary. The 49ers will pay more than $15 million to Shanahan and their two recently fired head coaches in 2017.

The 49ers lost to the Seahawks, 12-9, on Sunday to fall to 0-2 this season.

Shanahan showed patience with Beathard; Will now have to show more

Shanahan showed patience with Beathard; Will now have to show more

Kyle Shanahan is, self admittedly, not a patient person. As he watched quarterback C.J. Beathard run the scout team over the last couple of weeks -- how he visualized an unfamiliar play, went through his progressions and handled the defensive coverages -- the head coach saw rapid improvement every day. But he suppressed any urge to play the rookie before he was ready.

“I tried to wait for the right time for him and the right time for the team,” Shanahan explained.

Down 14-0 to Washington halfway through the second quarter with starter Brian Hoyer struggling, Shanahan knew Beathard’s time had come.

“I felt the team needed it right then,” Shanahan said. “It also made me more confident to do it because I thought he was ready for it, also.”

Moments after the game was over, Shanahan named Beathard the starter. Watching the game tape on the flight home only bolstered his decision.

“By no means was he perfect, missed a couple of things, but that always happens,” Shanahan said. “I thought he came in there, didn’t hesitate, competed. The moment was not too big for him. Made a few plays in rhythm, made a few off schedule plays and was a big reason we got back in that game.”

Beathard led the 49ers on two scoring drives and finished 19-of-36 with 245 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception, though it came on fourth-and-20 on his final pass attempt of the game. On his 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson, Beathard extended the play when the fifth year receiver wasn’t where he expected him to be.

“He was supposed to go to the post for a certain coverage, and they had a busted coverage, so he just hung out there which is why C.J. didn’t see it right away,” Shanahan explained. “We had enough protection where he could take a couple more hitches. He drove the pocket and saw where Aldrick was, and he didn’t hesitate. Made that throw with that arm strength.”

Shanahan smirked at his not-so-subtle dig at those who questioned Beathard’s arm strength during the draft process. He sees a quarterback who can make all the throws, and make them from the pocket, and scramble when he needs to. All he needs now, Shanahan contends, is experience.

“It’s about playing in the game and reacting to defenses, reacting to coverages, reacting to adjustments. He’s going to see a lot of things he hasn’t seen before, and that will change each week. It will probably change each quarter.”

Helping Beathard continue to grow through those experiences will require patience, but in this situation, it’s the kind the head coach can handle.

“You’re never going to get a quick answer. You see over time, but he’s got the ability to do it. He’s got the mental toughness to do it. I think he will get better the more he plays.”

Armstead to undergo surgery on broken hand, out indefinitely


Armstead to undergo surgery on broken hand, out indefinitely

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead will be out indefinitely with a broken hand, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday.

“He’s going to need surgery, so it’s going to be some time,” Shanahan said of Armstead, the 49ers' first-round pick in the 2015 draft.

The 49ers will discuss placing Armstead of injured reserve, which would rule him out for at least eight weeks. The 49ers will also be without defensive end Aaron Lynch this week against the Dallas Cowboys. Lynch is week-to-week with a calf strain.

“The more guys you lose, the less you like that depth,” Shanahan said. “Losing Arik, which could be some time. We’ll have to discuss IR. We have to do that over the next couple of days. We know we’re going to have Lynch out, too, for at least a week or most likely more. That takes away two guys who were helping.”

The 49ers might make a roster move to add a defensive lineman to their 53-man roster. The 49ers also expect outside linebacker/defensive end Dekoda Watson to return to action this week after missing two weeks with a groin strain.