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

Longtime 49ers scout Reggie Cobb dies from apparent heart attack at 50


Longtime 49ers scout Reggie Cobb dies from apparent heart attack at 50

Longtime 49ers area scout Reggie Cobb died Saturday morning in the Bay Area from an apparent heart attack, the club announced. He was 50.

“We are devastated by the sudden loss of a tremendous teammate and loyal friend, Reggie Cobb,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.

“Reggie was an enthusiastic and passionate person who had a special ability to brighten up a room with his personality and infectious smile. For 10 years, the 49ers were better because of Reggie and these unique qualities that he possessed.

“He was a top-notch scout and an exemplary man whose years of service to this organization and the National Football League will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this time of mourning.”

Cobb played seven NFL seasons after entering the league as the No. 30 overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1990 from Tennessee.

In his career as a running back, he gained 3,743 yards and scored 25 touchdowns while playing four seasons with Tampa Bay and one apiece with Green Bay, Jacksonville and the New York Jets.

He transitioned into scouting, serving two years with Washington and six with Tampa Bay before coming to the 49ers. Cobb was entering his 11th year as an area scout with the 49ers. In 2011, he was named NFC Scout of the Year by the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

Cobb finished his college career ranked third on the University of Tennessee’s career rushing chart with 2,360 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was also a member of the school’s 100th anniversary team. He lettered in track and graduated with a degree in urban studies in 1990.

Cobb lived in Sugarland, Texas, with his son, DeMarcus, according to his 49ers bio.

NFL draft: 49ers should find starters at edge rusher, wide receiver


NFL draft: 49ers should find starters at edge rusher, wide receiver

The 49ers should be able to net major contributors – one on offense and one on defense – in the upcoming NFL draft.

But a few other newcomers will have an opportunity to work themselves into key roles if some of the projected starters stumble or are sidelined.

After filling some of the team’s starting needs in free agency, here’s a look at the 49ers’ top positional priorities heading into the draft, which opens Thursday in Nashville with the first round:

Edge rusher

Behind quarterback, the edge rusher spots are the most important positions on a football team. The 49ers added Dee Ford in a trade. The Kansas City Chiefs initially prevented Ford from becoming a free agent by tagging him with their franchise designation.

Now, the 49ers need another threat on the outside to complement Ford and inside pass rusher DeForest Buckner. More than likely, the 49ers will place a checkmark next to this position with their first-round draft pick.

Assuming the Arizona Cardinals select Kyler Murray at No. 1, the 49ers are widely expected to go with Nick Bosa. If Bosa is gone, then they could eschew an edge rusher to select another defensive tackle, Alabama’s Quinnen Williams. But outside linebacker Josh Allen is also a strong possibility in that spot.

A year ago, the 49ers top edge rushers were Cassius Marsh and Ronald Blair. Marsh was cut shortly after the acquisition of Ford. Blair and Marsh tied for second on the team with 5.5 sacks. Blair is solid, but the 49ers’ defense would be a lot better if his role were reduced because they were able to bring in someone better.

Wide receiver

It is a high priority for the 49ers to add a starting-caliber wide receiver in the draft, in order to have the luxury of dialing back Marquise Goodwin’s role in order to accentuate his strengths and make him more effective.

Among the wide receivers the 49ers are known to have brought into their Santa Clara facility for pre-draft visits are A.J. Brown (Mississippi), Hakeem Butler (Iowa State), N'Keal Harry (Arizona State), Jalen Hurd (Baylor) and Deebo Samuel (South Carolina). All of those players could be available when the 49ers pick at No. 36 overall.

Dante Pettis, the 49ers’ second-round pick a year ago, looks to be on solid footing as a starter. Goodwin, Kendrick Bourne and Jordan Matthews have opportunities to work into significant roles on the outside. But the 49ers need to find another wideout who can carve out a niche. The newcomer does not need to be an every-down player. He just needs to have a unique skill set that coach Kyle Shanahan can implement.


The 49ers entered the free-agent signing period with Jaquiski Tartt, Adrian Colbert and Marcell Harris as the most-likely starting options. Then, they re-signed Jimmie Ward.

Despite Ward's history of injuries, the 49ers coaching staff – every 49ers coaching staff over the time he has been with the organization – has a high opinion of Ward because of how hard he plays. When he exited the lineup last season with his second season-ending fractured forearm in two years, Ward was playing better than anyone else in the team's secondary.

So Ward at free safety and Tartt or Harris at strong safety is how the 49ers envision opening the season. The 49ers could add more competition to the mix if they select a safety such as Jonathan Abram (Mississippi State), Darnell Savage (Maryland) or Nasir Adderley (Delaware) in the second round.


Among a group that features Richard Sherman, Jason Verrett, Ahkello Witherspoon and Tarvarius Moore, the 49ers should pluck out two starters and good depth. But there are enough questions about each of those four players that should prompt the 49ers to look hard at this position in the draft again.

Sherman is a bit of a mystery. He did not appear to be moving nearly as well as he did during his time with the Seahawks. That is understandable, considering he was returning from a torn Achilles. But Sherman was never really challenged because the 49ers had such large issues on the other side.

Verrett is a starter, but he has been unable to remain healthy. Witherspoon and Moore, the team’s most-recent third-round picks, have the size and skills to be reliable NFL starters. Now, they have to prove it through consistency.

Offensive line

The starting offensive line appears solid with tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, guards Laken Tomlinson and Mike Person, and center Weston Richburg. The 49ers need to cover themselves with better depth.

Guard is a spot where a newcomer can step in and conceivably beat out Person and Joshua Garnett. The 49ers could use a mid-round pick on a versatile lineman who could start off at guard and eventually transition into tackle.

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Other needs

Outside linebacker: Malcolm Smith and Mark Nzeocha are in line at the team’s starting strongside linebacker. More competition could be on the way.

Tight end: The 49ers would like to bring in a tight end to serve as George Kittle’s backup or pair with him in two-TE formations.

Punter: Bradley Pinion signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent. Justin Vogel, who was out of the NFL last season, is the only punter on the roster. Day 3 could be the spot for the 49ers to draft a replacement.

Kicker: Robbie Gould is conceivably locked up. But the 49ers showed that they are at least entertaining the thought of bringing in someone else when they showed interest in New England’s Stephen Gostkowski before the Patriots re-signed him.