SVB Financial Group said Tuesday that it expects to report a rise in fourth-quarter credit losses as well as losses in 2009 on a $68.9 million nonperforming loan to a private-equity firm co-founded by the retired football players Harris Barton, and Ronnie Lott.

The $7.5 billion-asset Santa Clara, Calif., company disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it is exploring an arrangement with the players' firm, HRJ Capital Holdings LLC in Woodside, Calif., under which SVB or one of its units would provide management services to a number of HRJ's investment funds.

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