Report: 49ers, Raiders consider joint stadium

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Report: 49ers, Raiders consider joint stadium

July 20, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEORAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO

CSNBayArea.com staff

The Bay Area's NFL franchises are open to the prospect of a joint stadium project as a solution to their current tenancies at Candlestick Park and the Oakland Coliseum, according to a news report.

A story in Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle quoted 49ers chief executive Jed York and Raiders chief executive Amy Trask, each indicating that there is dialogue between the two teams on the issue.

"We've put our teams together," York told the newspaper. "It doesn't mean we're going to find the right deal that fits for both teams, but we're certainly going to get a look at those options."

Said Trask: "We have said repeatedly that we have an open mind with respect to our stadium solution. An open mind means an open mind as to sharing a facility with the 49ers. I say to Jed regularly that we should have not only an open mind to the sharing of the facility, but to the location of the facility which we might share. And so there are a lot of options for us to consider."

The 49ers are moving forward with a plan for a new stadium in Santa Clara by 2015. The Raiders' lease in Oakland runs through the 2013 season.

Raiders managing general partner Al Davis was asked about the prospects for a new stadium in January, and he identified it as the franchise's biggest priority.

"My biggest thing is, and we work on it day and night, we want a stadium,' Davis said. "We want a new stadium. The best place for a stadium is where the Oakland Coliseum is right now, as to whether it will happen or not, we have to have somewhere in the future here, a new stadium."

In New York, the Giants and the Jets occupy New Meadowlands Stadium, which opened in 2010.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is a proponent of a similar situation for the Bay Area.

"The commissioner has said from time to time that he would like us to go in with them," Davis said earlier this year. "That isnt for today. Where (the 49ers) stand is where they stand, but (we) can't do the whole world today."

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.