Source: 49ers won't allow Raiders to play in San Francisco, open to Levi's


Source: 49ers won't allow Raiders to play in San Francisco, open to Levi's

The 49ers will not waive their territorial rights to allow the Raiders to play one season in San Francisco, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

But the 49ers are still willing to work with the Raiders on a one-season arrangement to share Levi’s Stadium, the source said. The Raiders need a home stadium for one season before their 2020 move to Las Vegas.

The bylaws of the NFL state that the 49ers cannot play in Oakland and the Raiders are not permitted to play in San Francisco. The only way the Raiders could play in San Francisco would be if the 49ers waived their territorial rights.

But the Raiders are hitting roadblocks at every turn. The mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, does not want the Raiders in her city due to the added congestion in that area, along with the Giants, Warriors and on-going construction.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Oakland Raiders should play in Oakland,” Breed said in an interview Tuesday on KTVU.

The 49ers, according to sources, have an offer to the Raiders to play at Levi’s Stadium for one season. The stadium in Santa Clara was originally designed with two teams in mind, but Raiders owner Mark Davis was never interested in merely being a tenant in the 49ers’ building.

So, to recap, the 49ers do not want the Raiders in San Francisco. And San Francisco does not want the Raiders in San Francisco.

And the 49ers and the city have plenty of support from 49ers fans, too.

The 49ers’ fan base has spoken in an unscientific poll, leaving no doubt the Raiders are not welcome in San Francisco while the San Francisco 49ers are playing games a 43-mile drive south in Santa Clara.

In a poll posted on Twitter on Monday and Tuesday, 77 percent of respondents -- assumed to be almost entirely comprised of 49ers fans – expressed a desire for the 49ers to not waive their territorial rights to allow the Raiders to play in San Francisco.

The Raiders are a team without a home until their stadium in Las Vegas is ready for the 2020 season, but there appears to be little sympathy for them in the Bay Area. The Raiders have vowed not to play at the Oakland Coliseum due to Oakland’s lawsuit filed against the Raiders alleging antitrust violations and breach of contract.

The Raiders and Giants engaged in serious talks aimed at the Raiders moving into the ballpark for one season. However, they failed to gain the necessary approval from the 49ers and San Francisco city officials before the plan went public.

Here are some of the reactions from the 11,916 who participated in the Twitter poll:

.@JedYork has been doing a great job rebuilding his image back up in the minds of fans. Allowing the effing Raiders to play a season WITHIN SF, when the 49ers play 45 min away, would be beyond unforgivable. @tcf98

I find it funny the giants ... blocked the A's for sooooo long about the San Jose territory rights yet will allow the raiders to play in their stadium when the 9ers owns the SF territory... #Hypocrisy @JoseOle916

Serves the Raiders right for snubbing the 49ers in the Mack trade. @KarimzadehSam

Sure, for draft pick compensation. @mlnga

Nope nope a thousand times nope. They knew what they were getting themselves into when they announced they were moving to Vegas in two seasons. They can suffer the consequences of their actions. @Patrickgray92

They offered to share Levi stadium with them so they could stay in the Bay Area. They made their bed. @docblum

Not unless they are going to get another super bowl out of it in the next 5 years. @ItsRyanJohnJay

They quit on the bay area, why would we bail them out of their mess? @montylad

I voted “yes” only because we need the good karma for 2019! @IsaiahWebster

49ers tackle Joe Staley doesn't have looming retirement on his mind


49ers tackle Joe Staley doesn't have looming retirement on his mind

A lot of times for athletes, it's not up to them whether or not they want to retire -- it's up to their body. For 49ers tackle Joe Staley, it's really no different.

"I like to think that I can continue to play football for as long as they'll have me," Staley said in an interview with 95.7 The Game on Thursday. "And that's my mindset. I've never thought about when an end is going to be."

The 35-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with San Francisco in June which ultimately means he could spend the entirety of his NFL career as a member of the 49ers. And while that seems like a long time, he's still soaking up the everyday grind of his job even with the setbacks he's faced this season.

"The challenges of this season have been different than seasons past," he said. "I love the adverse situations and you kind of learn a lot about yourself -- how you respond and challenge yourself daily with different goals ... "

Staley sustained a fractured left fibula earlier in the season during the Week 2 matchup against the Bengals and with a smile tried to remain positive but admitted: "it sucks." He was emotional after the injury but said that had a lot to do with how special the team was and the guys he was surrounded by.

Still, you can't fake the passion the six-time Pro Bowler brings to his team and it appears you would have to pry the game away from his hands if you anticipate him hanging up his cleats any time soon.

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"That love for the game is still there, burning," he said.

He finished the statement saying he doesn't have an honest answer as to just how much football is left in his body, but it's not something he's concentrating on at the moment.

49ers injury report: Six defensive starters out Sunday vs. Falcons

49ers injury report: Six defensive starters out Sunday vs. Falcons

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' defense has been hit hard with injuries, but it’s not quite as bad looking forward as you might think. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan announced that six defensive players have been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup with the Falcons. Rumors have been swirling about the timeframe for a few of those players, most notably pass rusher Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman. 

“I can play in this game if we had to have it,” Sherman said. “Kyle and them are more cautious than I am. I’d play in this game if they weren’t putting the governor on me, but you know, you got to listen to the coaching staff and training staff. 

“I told them I just needed a couple of days. And I needed a couple of days, and I feel great today. I ran 19, 20 miles an hour today. That’s all you really need to play.”

Ford implied on Friday the same type of positive outlook as Sherman after Shanahan was less than optimistic about his return during the regular season. Ford hopes to be back in action by Week 17. 

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Nose tackle D.J. Jones is on the list even though he officially will be placed on injured reserve, with Kentavius Street taking his roster spot. The team has until 1 p.m. PT on Saturday to make the move. 

Here is the full status report for Falcons vs. 49ers:


NT D.J. Jones (ankle)
DL Dee Ford (hamstring)
CB Richard Sherman (hamstring)
DB K’Waun Williams (concussion)
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DL Jullian Taylor (elbow)


DE Allen Bailey (not injury related)
G James Carpenter (concussion)
T Ty Sambrailo (hamstring)

CB Isaiah Oliver (shoulder)