LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — It’s still the preseason but the Dallas Cowboys already beat the Washington Redskins in one thing — value.
Forbes released its annual list of “The Most Valuable NFL Teams” on Wednesday and the Cowboys earned the top ranking for the seventh consecutive year. Forbes values “America’s Team” at $2.3 billion and points to its recently signed $500 million, 25-year naming rights deal with AT&T as one of the reasons the Jerry Jones-owned franchise is No. 1 again.
Redskins fans shouldn’t sulk too much, though, as Washington comes in at No. 3 on the list, valued at $1.7 billion. Dan Snyder’s team spent $104.3 million in 2012 while pulling in $381 million in revenue, according to Forbes.
“The Redskins organization is riding the momentum of two second-year players, quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris,” Forbes says in the rankings. Griffin’s jersey was the top-seller among all NFL players last season.
Elsewhere in the NFC East, the New York Giants are ranked one spot behind the Redskins at fourth and valued at $1.55 billion. The Philadelphia Eagles come in at No. 7, valued at $1.314 billion.
The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are ranked ninth and valued at $1.227 billion.
The New England Patriots (No. 2; $1.8 billion), Houston Texans (No. 5; $1.45 billion), New York Jets (No. 6; $1.38 billion), Chicago Bears (No. 8; $1.252 billion) and San Francisco 49ers (No. 10; $1.224 billion) round out Forbes’ top 10.
The league’s cheapest team, according to Forbes, is the Oakland Raiders which is valued at $825 million.
The NFL’s 32 teams are worth, on average, $1.17 billion, a 5 percent increase from last year.