Forbes magazine recently released its annual valuations of NFL franchises on Wednesday, and the Seattle Seahawks came in at No. 20 overall, valued at $994 million.
Dallas tops the list again at 1.65 billion, followed by Washington (1.55 billion), New England (1.361), the New York Giants (1.183) and the New York Jets (1.170.
The Seahawks' value dropped by 2 percent from last year. Seattle ranked 19th overall in 2008, valued at $1.01 billion. According to the report, a quarter of the league is worth less than they were last year, as the NFL was affected by the recession like everyone else. However, the NFL isn’t doing that badly, as 2008 represented the league’s third-most profitable year ever.
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Forbes also ranked the New York Giants the best managed NFL team over the past two seasons in terms of the amounts of wins the team has accumulated during that time compared to the amount of players salary they spent over that time period.
Tennessee, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Philadelphia round out the top 5.
Also, the state department of transportation is asking that folks heading out to the game tonight leave a few minutes early in anticipation of traffic delays because of road construction underway near Qwest Field.
My story today takes a look at the kicker battle between last year’s starter Olindo Mare and second-year player Brandon Coutu.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com speculates that the Seahawks may ask for Deion Branch to take a pay cut to be the team’s third receiver.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi says to expect to see a lot of third string quarterback Mike Teel on the field tonight.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times offers his projected, final 53-man roster here.
ESPN’s Trent Dilfer rated the league’s quarterbacks, with Matt Hasselbeck rated a star. Dilfer rated Tom Brady and Petyon Manning elite, and Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers superstars.
Dilfer defended his rating system while talking with ESPN 710’s Brock and Salk in this audio link. The interview is about 15 minutes in. It’s worth a listen.
Brock Huard previews the Seahawks’ game against Oakland.
Sports Illustrated projects the Seahawks to win the NFC West.
I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness about the position battles highlighting the team’s upcoming game against Oakland in this audio link.
Dave Boling talks with KJR's Elise Woodward about the Seahawks in this audio link.