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.

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”