York: With new CBA, 49ers look to finance stadium

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York: With new CBA, 49ers look to finance stadium

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SANTA CLARA -- The stability that comes with a 10-year labor agreement bodes well for the 49ers' efforts to build a new stadium, team president Jed York said Tuesday.And the NFL's newly implemented stadium investment credit, which York said can accommodate several different construction projects in the coming years, doesn't hurt, either.The 49ers have focused all their effort toward building a 987 million stadium in Santa Clara, which received voter approval in June 2010. The 49ers have sold a reported 138 million in luxury boxes.Once the 49ers have the financing for the stadium, construction can begin. York said the target dates did not change during the NFL work stoppage. The 49ers plan to begin construction in 2013 in order to get the stadium ready for the 2015 season.
"With a 10-year labor deal, it makes it so much easier to finance a building and so much easier to go out and talk to a sponsor," York said. "You know you're going to have 10 years of stability with the league."As part of the new CBA, clubs will receive credit for stadium investment and up to 1.5 percent of revenue each year."The 1.5 percent credit that's there, that'll be enough for several new stadium projects," York said.York explained that 75 percent of the private investment in a stadium would be allocated to the credit."When you're looking at the 49ers, where a significant amount of our investment in the new stadium is going to be through private funds, you'd have a large percentage going to that 1.5 percent credit," he said.He said the 49ers would not be in competition with other clubs -- including the Raiders -- to get their stadium built. York reiterated that the 49ers have spoken to the Raiders about a shared stadium. The Santa Clara plan that received voter approval can be a shared stadium."We've discussed it, but there's no plan," York said. "It's something we remain open to, but it's got to be the right deal for two teams and there's nothing anyone can do to force that to happen." Free-agent philosophy: The 49ers might have to spend some money to get up to the salary floor, but York said the 49ers' philosophy is to retain their own players before spending big money on free agents from other teams."My sense is Jim (Harbaugh) and Trent (Baalke) are going to figure out what's best for the team and I'm going to support them 100 percent," York said."Yeah, I think we're close. And I think that's one of the reasons Jim Harbaugh is our head coach." Medical committee: "It's amazing to me that we could have a 10-year deal that takes care of so many of the issues that existed with the league," York said. "Taking care of the players is a very important thing. My father (49ers chair John York) is part of the medical committee that's looking into a lot of those issues making sure we keep the players healthier and safer. . . . It took a while but we all gave a little bit and at the end of the day to have a 10-year agreement that allows the league to continue to flourish and get the players to be in a safer position, I think everybody's a winner."

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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