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Forbes: 49ers one of NFL's Top 10 most valuable franchises

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Forbes: 49ers one of NFL's Top 10 most valuable franchises

The 49ers are the ninth most valuable franchise in the NFL, according to Forbes' latest valuations.

Last year, Jed York's team clocked in as the 10th most valuable at an estimated $1.224 billion.

This year, the club's owner could fetch an estimated $1.6 billion, an increase of $376 million. 

After 33 seasons in Candlestick Park, the 49ers have a new home in Santa Clara.

The 68,500 seat Levi's Stadium will host Super Bowl 50 in February, 2016.

The franchise has a 20-year, $220 million naming rights deal with Levi Strauss, a reported 70% of which will be used to pay off stadium debt.

The 49ers also have more than $800 million in commitments for seat and luxury box sales.

The Seahawks are 15th on Forbes' list, valued at an estimated $1.33 billion.
 

Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad

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Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad

A pair of former Bay Area footballers are headed to Kansas City.

The Chiefs have reportedly signed former 49ers cornerback Keith Reaser and former Raiders running back George Atkinson to their practice squad.

News of the deals was first reported by ESPN.

Reaser was waived by the 49ers on Saturday to make room for cornerback Asa Jackson to be promoted to the active roster in time for Sunday's game in Seattle. Reaser was a fifth-round pick in 2014. After missing his entire rookie as he recovered from ACL surgery, Reaser played in 28 games over the past two seasons. He did not appear on defense in the 49ers’ season-opening loss to Carolina last week, but he appeared on 10 snaps of special teams.

Atkinson has been a familiar face around the Raiders. He was claimed off waivers from the Browns on July 29, but waived on Sept. 2.

49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers has a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sowers, in her role as seasonal offensive assistant, became the first female assistant in NFC history this season. Sowers is situated upstairs for game days as part of Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Sowers donated her coaching shirt and binder from the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers to the Hall of Fame.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased that Coach Katie Sowers has donated artifacts from her regular-season debut as the first fulltime female coach in NFC history,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said in a statement.

“Her pioneering role in pro football will undoubtedly inspire others to work to overcome obstacles while pursuing their dreams and aspirations.”

Kathryn Smith, a member of the Buffalo Bills staff last season, was the league’s first full-time female assistant.