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Thursday, September 3, 2009
Patriots third, Jets fifth in Forbes valuations



Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


Forbes magazine released its annual NFL team valuations Tuesday night.

Two AFC East clubs ranked among the top five. Snapshots of each can be viewed by clicking on the team link.

The New England Patriots were third with an estimated value of $1.36 billion, up 3 percent from last year. They had the NFL's second-highest operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) in the NFL at $70.9 million, almost $20 million less than the Washington Redskins.

Forbes ranked the New York Jets fifth at $1.17 billion, holding at last year's assessment. The Jets had the league's highest debt value at 64 percent.

The Miami Dolphins ranked 18th at about $1.02 billion. They dipped 3 percent from last year. Their debt value was fourth-highest at 39 percent.

The Buffalo Bills ranked 26th -- second to last among AFC clubs -- at $909 million.

Buffalo's valuation went up 3 percent from last year, and its $39.5 million operating income tied for 11th.

Average ticket prices for each club: Patriots $118; Jets $87; Dolphins $66; Bills $51.