Forbes ranks values of all 32 NFL teams

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Forbes ranks values of all 32 NFL teams

You could almost buy threeJacksonville Jaguars teams for the price of oneDallas Cowboys team.So says Forbes Magazine after it released its 2012 NFL team valuationson Wednesday.Jerry Jones Cowboys were No. 1 by a longshot,valued at 2.1 billion. And as long as were talking about teams the locals tend tohate, interestingly enough, the Los Angeles Dodgers were recently sold to agroup of investors for 2.15 billion. Evil Empires, anyone?But back to football. The Jacksonville Jaguars brought upthe rear in NFL values, the Jags listed at a puny 770 million.
We know our Bay Area fans want to know about the 49ers and Raiders values, so here we go:49ers value: 1.18billion (9th in NFL overall)

Forbes:
The 49ers brokeground in April on a new 1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara that the team expects to be readyfor the 2014 season. The city will own the stadium and borrow 850 million tobuild it. The debt is expected to be paid off by selling seat licenses, stadiumnaming rights and rent paid by the 49ers. The new stadium will have 68,500seats and 165 luxury suites. The value of the 49ers is up 19 versus last year.RELATED: Andy Dolich So you want to own a pro sports franchise?Raiders value:785 million (30th in NFLoverall and No. 4 in the AFC West)
Forbes:Al Davis acted ascoach, general manager or owner of the Raiders for nearly 50 years before hedied in October, leaving team to his son Mark. The team was well-supported in2011 as no games were blacked out on local TV for the first time since 1995.The Raiders still desperately need a better stadium solution as stadiumrevenues were the lowest in the NFL in 2011.Heres a breakdown of the NFC West and AFC West team valuesas reported by Forbes:
NFC West
1) 49ers, 1.18 billion
2) Seattle Seahawks, 1.04 billion
3) Arizona Cardinals, 922 million
4) St. Louis Rams, 780 million

AFC West
1) Denver Broncos 1.13 billion
2) Kansas City Chiefs 1.01 billion
3) San Diego Chargers 936 million
4) Raiders 785 million
Read more here at Forbes.com

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”