NFL notebook: San Francisco lands 50th Super Bowl
The 50th Super Bowl will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the NFL championship will go to Houston the following year.
Team owners voted Tuesday for the 49ers' new stadium as host of the 2016 game. That facility in Santa Clara, Calif., is due to open for the 2014 season.
San Francisco beat out South Florida, which was stymied in its bid to stage an 11th Super Bowl when the Florida Legislature did not support financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
“After losing a Super Bowl (to Baltimore last February), it feels really good to win a Super Bowl,” 49ers CEO Jed York cracked.
Houston, which also beat out Miami, was awarded the 2017 title game. It has hosted once before (2004).
Next Feb. 2, the game goes outdoors at a cold-weather site for the first time, at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands. If that gamble pays off for the NFL, look for other cities in similar climates — Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver — to bid for future Super Bowls.
The 2015 game will be played in the Phoenix area.
Starks signs with S.D.
Former Steelers tackle Max Starks signed a one-year contract with the Chargers, according to an ESPN report.
The 31-year-old Starks has played in Pittsburgh for his entire nine-year NFL career, and started all 16 games last season.
Agent: No more forearm surgery likely for Gronk
Rob Gronkowski's agent says the tight end's latest surgery is expected to be the last on his forearm.
The Patriots' star had his fourth surgery Monday on the left forearm that he broke on Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point against the Indianapolis Colts. He broke it again early in the Patriots' first playoff game, a win over the Texans.
Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said the surgeons said the latest operation went as well as they could have hoped for and that Gronkowski was in good spirits afterward.
Seahawks cut ties with Cal (Pa.) QB Portis
The Seahawks waived backup quarterback Josh Portis a day after news surfaced of his arrest for driving under the influence earlier this month. Portis was arrested on investigation of driving under the influence May 5 and faces a court arraignment next week.
Portis was pulled over for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 90. The arresting officer wrote Portis performed poorly in field sobriety tests and later registered .092 and .078 in breath tests. The legal limit in Washington state is .08.
Portis, an undrafted free agent out of California (Pa.), was in his second stint with the Seahawks. He was re-signed by Seattle in early April after they traded Matt Flynn to Oakland.
Lawyer says Goodson only guilty of being drunk
The lawyer for Jets running back Mike Goodson said his client will enter a plea of not guilty to charges of gun and drug possession Wednesday stemming from an arrest Friday.
New Jersey-based attorney Tony Fusco said Goodson told him he was unaware there was a gun in “the front area of the SUV” that was discovered by police who searched the vehicle that was allegedly stopped in the left-center lane of Route 80 shortly after 3 a.m. Friday.
Fusco also said Goodson told him the gun belonged to the driver, a man whom police identified as Garant Evans.
Romo to miss workouts after cyst removal
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss at least three weeks of offseason workouts after a procedure to remove a cyst from his back.
The team's website reported that Romo underwent the procedure last month and could return for the mandatory minicamp that starts June 11.