Where 49ers rank among most valuable NFL franchises in 2022

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First and foremost, the NFL is a business.

Not all teams are worth the same amount of money, though, and not all teams bring in the same amount.

A number of factors can impact team value, including market size, team revenue, on-field success and more. Several NFL franchises have been sold recently, including the Denver Broncos (2022), Carolina Panthers (2018) and Buffalo Bills (2014) – all for then-record prices. Another team could soon be for sale, as Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders hired Bank of America Securities on Nov. 2 to help with “potential transactions.”

Forbes has created an estimation of what each team is actually worth if they were sold right now. Here’s a full breakdown of the values of NFL franchises in 2022:

Which NFL team is the most valuable?

The Dallas Cowboys have been deemed the most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes for the 14th straight year and rank No. 1 among all sports franchises.

Entering the 2022 season, Jerry Jones’ squad is worth an estimated $8 billion, up 23% from last year. That tops all other NFL franchises by a wide margin, as no other team has an estimated value above even $6.5 billion.

Behind the Cowboys in the top five are the New England Patriots ($6.4 billion), Los Angeles Rams ($6.2 billion), New York Giants ($6 billion) and Chicago Bears ($5.8 billion).

Which NFL team is the least valuable?

While the Cowboys have been at the top for over a decade, the Cincinnati Bengals are at the opposite end of the scale.

Fresh off their first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years, the Bengals’ future is bright even though the team is valued at a league-lowest $3 billion. They have an electric young QB-WR duo with Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, and the franchise’s value should only increase if it becomes a perennial contender.

The other teams at the bottom of the list include the Detroit Lions ($3.05 billion), Arizona Cardinals ($3.27 billion), Buffalo Bills ($3.4 billion) and Jacksonville Jaguars ($3.475 billion).

Full NFL franchise values for 2022

After giving you a taste of the most and least valuable teams, here’s a look at the full ranking from first through 32nd:

  1. Dallas Cowboys, $8 billion

  2. New England Patriots, $6.4 billion

  3. Los Angeles Rams, $6.2 billion

  4. New York Giants, $6 billion

  5. Chicago Bears, $5.8 billion

  6. Washington Commanders, $5.6 billion

  7. New York Jets, $5.4 billion

  8. San Francisco 49ers, $5.2 billion

  9. Las Vegas Raiders, $5.1 billion

  10. Philadelphia Eagles, $4.9 billion

  11. Houston Texans, $4.7 billion

  12. Denver Broncos, $4.65 billion

  13. Miami Dolphins, $4.6 billion

  14. Seattle Seahawks, $4.5 billion

  15. Green Bay Packers, $4.25 billion

  16. Atlanta Falcons, $4 billion

  17. Pittsburgh Steelers, $3.975 billion

  18. Minnesota Vikings, $3.925 billion

  19. Baltimore Ravens, $3.9 billion

  20. Los Angeles Chargers, $3.875 billion

  21. Cleveland Browns, $3.85 billion

  22. Indianapolis Colts, $3.8 billion

  23. Kansas City Chiefs, $3.7 billion

  24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $3.675 billion

  25. Carolina Panthers, $3.6 billion

  26. New Orleans Saints, $3.575 billion

  27. Tennessee Titans, $3.5 billion

  28. Jacksonville Jaguars, $3.475 billion

  29. Buffalo Bills, $3.4 billion

  30. Arizona Cardinals, $3.27 billion

  31. Detroit Lions, $3.05 billion

  32. Cincinnati Bengals, $3 billion