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49ers, Harbaugh pull plug on contract talks until after the season

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Whatever 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh wants on a new contract, whatever the 49ers have offered isn’t good enough.  And so Harbaugh and the team have agreed to table any discussions on a new deal until after the season.

“We actually just had this conversation [Wednesday],” owner Jed York said on CSN Bay Area’s Yahoo! SportsTalk Live.  “Lots of people were talking to him about it.  We just said, ‘You know what, let’s not do anything during the season.  Let’s sit down a week or so after the season is over and let everybody know we’re not focused on anything that’s off the field right now.’

“Jim and I will sit down a week or so after the season is over and we’ll figure out where we go.”

Where they go after the season will depend in large part on where they go during the season.  If Harbaugh wins the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 20 years, his leverage and price go up.  If he has another season that entails knocking on the door but not kicking it in, he may still want more than the 49ers want to pay.

And if that’s the case, the 49ers will have to decide whether to let Harbaugh coach out his contract and become a free agent, allow him to leave if a college program offers him the money he wants, or trade him to another NFL team — as they came a lot closer to doing with the Browns than anyone will admit.

If the 49ers make it to the playoffs, the potential universe of NFL openings will be known before York and Harbaugh have their chat.  And with most owners inclined to fire coaches of bad teams making up their minds to make a change well before the end of the season, there’s a good chance that the 49ers will have a good idea what they could get for Harbaugh, if they decide to swap the final year of his deal for draft picks.

So this could indeed be Harbaugh’s last year with the 49ers.  And now any potentially interested college or NFL program can decide whether to include him on their wish list.

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65 Responses to “49ers, Harbaugh pull plug on contract talks until after the season”
  1. philyeagles5 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:37 PM

    Wonder who he’s coaching for next year.

  2. realitycheckbaby says: Jul 31, 2014 10:45 PM

    This will be fun to watch.

    They’ll be good again…

    Just not good enough.

  3. Hard On For Harden says: Jul 31, 2014 10:49 PM

    “And if that’s the case, the 49ers will have to decide whether to let Harbaugh coach out his contract and become a free agent, allow him to leave if a college program offers him the money he wants, or trade him to another NFL team — as they came a lot closer to doing with the Browns than anyone will admit.”

    Yes, so let’s stop murdering horses and worry about it when the time comes.

  4. jonnguy2014 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:51 PM

    Anyways, this had better be the year. 49ers can undoubtedly beat the Seahawks, question is if they WILL, as Hawks also have the power to beat the 9ers.

    GO 49ers, BUT GOOD LUCK HAWKS

  5. kobebetterthanjordan says: Jul 31, 2014 10:58 PM

    Greatest coach in football. Raiders made the same mistake with gruden and have never been the same. Pay the man.

  6. brokebackbrees says: Jul 31, 2014 11:02 PM

    He should hold out like Lynch did. Maybe 49ers will give him an extra bag of peanuts/new pair of pants this upcoming season and he can pretend he “won”. Basically like Seattle did with Lynch.

  7. sfsaintsfan says: Jul 31, 2014 11:06 PM

    Harbaugh wants to be paid like a Super Bowl winning coach. This time next year, his negotiating position will be the same as it is now. He will still want to paid like a Super Bowl winning coach who has never won a Super Bowl.

  8. olyniner says: Jul 31, 2014 11:13 PM

    Worked for Flacco

  9. fcoprado says: Jul 31, 2014 11:15 PM

    Cut the music!

  10. chawkup says: Jul 31, 2014 11:19 PM

    Break out the popcorn baby, this is gonna be one slow speed train wreck that will be fun to watch!

  11. goldbloodedindfw says: Jul 31, 2014 11:21 PM

    I’ve never understood this organization’s reluctance to pay Harbaugh what he’s asking for. He doesn’t count against the cap so whats the deal? Everyone knows they can afford it and he’s proven that he’s a great coach. I’ve loved the Niners ever since I was a little kid but if they don’t figure out a way to extend Harbaugh I don’t know if I’ll ever forgive them. Good coaches are NOT a dime a dozen.

  12. clashpoint says: Jul 31, 2014 11:26 PM

    If both the Ravens and Niners have bad years, maybe they should just swap Harbaughs.

  13. seatownballers says: Jul 31, 2014 11:26 PM

    He deserves an extension for turning that franchise into the right direction.
    Continue the best rivalry in sports.

  14. silvercrush33 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:29 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the picture for this story is implying he’s about to get butt hurt if he doesn’t win the big one this year…

  15. markhiggs says: Jul 31, 2014 11:30 PM

    Harbaugh and that front office are like oil and water. I don’t like the sound of this for Niner fans.

  16. mazenblue says: Jul 31, 2014 11:33 PM

    Already stocked up on khakis, so whats the use.

  17. 64post says: Jul 31, 2014 11:34 PM

    36 regular season wins, 3 trips to the post season has put a ton of money in York’s pockets, pay the guy already. Or, let him walk and hire someone like Jim Scwartz and see what you get Jed…

  18. seahawksnation12godsteam says: Jul 31, 2014 11:34 PM

    Seahawks Nation,
    As I am sitting in Century Links parking lot in my teal Ford Windstar minivan, I’ll admit, I have no idea why I clicked this article. It has absolutely nothing to do with my beloved Seahawks. Perhaps it is my irrational infatuation with the San Francisco 49ers? Though calling them “Whiners” is quite innovative, I think that we should stick to calling them “Santa Clara 49Whiners”. 12th Man Nation, lets disregard that the Dallas Cowboys play in Arlington, the NY Jets and Giants play in an entirely different state too. Focus all your energy in to screaming “12th Man”, “40Whiners”, and “Santa Clara”.

    This will show them.

    #LetsPretendTheSeahawksArentHeadQuarteredInRentonWashingtonAndNotSeattle
    #LOBWeDaBest
    #WeGotSuedByTexasA&MforStealingThePhrase”12thMan”
    #RussellWilsonIsTheGreatestQBEver
    #ISwearIwasADieHardFanBackinThe80’sAnd90’s
    #FordWinstarSeahawksMinivan

  19. billybone says: Jul 31, 2014 11:35 PM

    Come on Santa Clara sign him. Having Harbaugh In SC is good for the Seattle vs. Santa Clara rivalry. You guys were irrelevant before he came along, so why not award the mad man.

  20. nickster31 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:37 PM

    The good news for Harbaugh is the Browns will probably be looking for a new coach next year too.

  21. calininerfan says: Jul 31, 2014 11:38 PM

    Florio how do you know it will be his last year? Did your “sources”, those wonderful nameless sources you also go to when you blow out hot air tell you?

    State your thoughts on why it might his last year??

  22. wheels579 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:38 PM

    He’s gone. They must be tired of his shenanigans or he would be extended by now.

  23. htowntexan says: Jul 31, 2014 11:44 PM

    Biggest cry baby. Only thing worse than Goodell is the Haurbaughs. They make folks change the channel every time.

  24. blackbeard43 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:46 PM

    Good. Keep ‘em coming. :)

  25. justinnelson71 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:49 PM

    A coach hold out would be awesome! Don’t know if it’s ever happened before but that’d be a way to get some attention. As I’m a Niners fan I’d prefer it be elsewhere though.

  26. ronfai says: Jul 31, 2014 11:49 PM

    What’s the rush? He’s got 2 seasons on his current contract. Eddy wouldn’t push for a new contract either.

  27. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jul 31, 2014 11:50 PM

    Hypothetical question. What if Kaepernick goes down for the season week #3? Gabbert comes in and they go 9-7 as a result? Do he and York just push the reset button and try again in ’15?

    Not that much of a stretch really

  28. joey49er says: Aug 1, 2014 12:10 AM

    Here we go again!give it a rest….. Just keep on talking on issues that does not matter. If harbaugh wants to be here with the49 ers he will if not so be it. It’s a game.
    Goooooo49ers

  29. calicokiller49 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:18 AM

    Keep dreaming florio

  30. candlesticknomore says: Aug 1, 2014 12:23 AM

    Pay him. Did we forget about Ericsson, Nolan, Singletary? Damn.

  31. reptar310 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:23 AM

    Pay the man.

  32. belgaron says: Aug 1, 2014 12:25 AM

    …a year from now, after not making playoffs it will be pulling the plug, period.

  33. chaney13 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:31 AM

    he doesn’t want to be paid “like a Super Bowl winning coach”

    … He just wants to be paid more than his brother.

    … … WHO IS A SUPER BOWL WINNING COACH

  34. stampnhawk says: Aug 1, 2014 12:39 AM

    The way the Browns are perpetually, that same near-trade will be on the table next offseason too.

    Hopefully York caves to him and gives him a new pair of Dockers, and a new pen to hang around the neck to tide him over for 16 more games.

  35. dubblelznhell says: Aug 1, 2014 12:41 AM

    That pic says it all….

  36. kobebetterthanjordan says: Aug 1, 2014 12:43 AM

    The Niners are HUNGRY to get over their hump…. 2015 Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers….
    Kobe > Jordan

  37. napalm101 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:44 AM

    He couldn’t do it as the QB for the Bears and he can’t do it as the coach of San Fran…He should go back to coaching college or try high school football…I just want to see a meltdown, otherwise, yawn…

  38. fluffybunny74 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:58 AM

    The biggest mistake the 49ers franchise made was to allow Eddie to lose control of the team to his sister and her idiot husband.

  39. cribbage12 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:17 AM

    He came into a team loaded with talent ready to explode. He’s gotten way too much credit and couldn’t develop Kaep as a stud pocket passer who can go through his progressions despite being a QB himself. Now his schtick has worn thin. Jed’s smart to wait.

  40. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:20 AM

    Greatest coach? That’s a joke! Ever hear of Belichick? Coughlin? McCarthy? Pete Carroll?

    #abovereproach

  41. rainponcho87 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:25 AM

    He has exactly the situation he wants in SF. I would be very surprised if he just picks up moves somewhere else. All his coaching has been done in California: Raiders, SD State, Raiders, 49ers.

  42. Dogsweat says: Aug 1, 2014 1:54 AM

    Lord Kaep is not pleased.

  43. JSpicoli says: Aug 1, 2014 2:15 AM

    Why is he wearing black?

  44. babygaga19 says: Aug 1, 2014 4:02 AM

    Harbaugh shoould just hold out.

  45. skoobyfl says: Aug 1, 2014 4:30 AM

    Dreams.

  46. 5trophysbythebay says: Aug 1, 2014 4:52 AM

    This is a non story. He is not going anywhere. I’m a life long Niners fan and while I’ll admit the guy’s antics are a bit childish, the man can coach.

  47. leagueobservr says: Aug 1, 2014 6:21 AM

    Word is, they are stuck at an impasse because he demanded a lifetime supply of Dockers Game Day Khakis but ownership wouldn’t oblige. :-D

  48. truthofthefootballbusiness says: Aug 1, 2014 6:47 AM

    You use that same picture of Jim Harbaugh for any story about him. How about using an in-game picture from his days playing with da Bears?

  49. garyridgway says: Aug 1, 2014 7:17 AM

    Honestly, as a Seahawk fan this guy is the best thing to happen to the Santa Clara team. You better lock him up or I think he will be the next coach at Michigan. He brought all the Santa Clara fans out of the sewers they were hiding in since Dennis Erickson took over in the early 2000’s. Now he has all these BAND WAGON fans defending his “above reproach” hypocrisy.

  50. iman62 says: Aug 1, 2014 8:07 AM

    This is what happens when two huge egos collide.

  51. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Aug 1, 2014 9:06 AM

    Seahawksnation12godsteam! You my friend, are the best thing to happen to PFT in recent memory. Please stay! Please keep trolling

  52. sfninersfan says: Aug 1, 2014 9:18 AM

    Seahawks fans are the absolute classless fans I’ve ever come across in all my years as a fan. A franchise that was in the AFC for decades and hasn’t been relevant until two years ago, all of a sudden has these POSERS for fans.

    Dynasty?! Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

  53. garyridgway says: Aug 1, 2014 9:23 AM

    sfninersfan says:
    Aug 1, 2014 9:18 AM
    Seahawks fans are the absolute classless fans I’ve ever come across in all my years as a fan. A franchise that was in the AFC for decades and hasn’t been relevant until two years ago, all of a sudden has these POSERS for fans.

    Dynasty?! Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

    —————————-

    Yeah we weren’t relevant when you were hiding in the sewers in the Erickson, Nolan, Singletary years. Way to prove you are a BAND WAGON fan.

  54. paythevig says: Aug 1, 2014 9:25 AM

    1) The Team wants him back

    2) He’s signed for 2 more years, not a lame duck coach who’s keeping the sidelines warm for the next guy.

    3) Michigan and Miami were willing to pay him more, and he still took over a 6-10 team in a lock-out season.

    4) He’s lobbied for his players and fellow coaches to get more money first (most of which have done so).

    5) He doesn’t discuss contracts through the media.

    6) If he were to re-up with the niners today, based on the merits of taking this team 3 plays shy of the promised land, 3 years in a row – why not wait until the contract is up to see if he can get more money?

    For all of the complaining fans do when player x holds out for more money, why is it a problem for a coach to want to wait until his contract is fulfilled to establish a better potential baseline for salary negotiations?

    His efforts at morphing this team into a legit contender (if you don’t think they are perennial contenders now I challenge your view on what a contender looks like) has generated lots of revenue for this franchise, and was arguably the catalyst in getting them a new state of the art stadium. The team wants him back.

    The man loves football on a level that we do not. It seems to genuinely be his passion, so it’s not a shocker if he wants to devote his time and efforts on getting his team over the hump. He’s earned that right, and football is better because of him, especially in the bay area.

  55. brend0 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:30 AM

    He’s had enough of the Hawks

  56. isaidjoemontegna says: Aug 1, 2014 9:34 AM

    Seahawksnation12godsteam you are the only seahawks fan I like. I dont know, there’s just something special about you.

  57. pmars64 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:35 AM

    The only reason Harbaugh didn’t go to the Browns is because his wife didn’t want to live in Cleveland. That’s it. The deal was in place. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Browns made another run at him – with backdoor talks happening during the season.

  58. garyridgway says: Aug 1, 2014 9:38 AM

    paythevig says:
    Aug 1, 2014 9:25 AM
    1) The Team wants him back

    2) He’s signed for 2 more years, not a lame duck coach who’s keeping the sidelines warm for the next guy.

    3) Michigan and Miami were willing to pay him more, and he still took over a 6-10 team in a lock-out season.

    4) He’s lobbied for his players and fellow coaches to get more money first (most of which have done so).

    5) He doesn’t discuss contracts through the media.

    6) If he were to re-up with the niners today, based on the merits of taking this team 3 plays shy of the promised land, 3 years in a row – why not wait until the contract is up to see if he can get more money?

    For all of the complaining fans do when player x holds out for more money, why is it a problem for a coach to want to wait until his contract is fulfilled to establish a better potential baseline for salary negotiations?

    His efforts at morphing this team into a legit contender (if you don’t think they are perennial contenders now I challenge your view on what a contender looks like) has generated lots of revenue for this franchise, and was arguably the catalyst in getting them a new state of the art stadium. The team wants him back.

    The man loves football on a level that we do not. It seems to genuinely be his passion, so it’s not a shocker if he wants to devote his time and efforts on getting his team over the hump. He’s earned that right, and football is better because of him, especially in the bay area.

    _________________________

    You are sound in your reasoning but you forgot one major thing…..

    Maybe he doesn’t want to coach the 49ers and he’d rather be back at Michigan. He has talked about his love for Michigan and I bet he’d rather coach there then the scum bags in Santa Clara.

  59. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 1, 2014 10:06 AM

    Coach Harbaugh went on to say, “I’d like to save all my whining and antics for the Seahawks.”

  60. jonnguy2014 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:20 PM

    Anyways, this had better be the year. 49ers can undoubtedly beat the Seahawks, question is if they WILL, as Hawks also have the power to beat the 9ers.

    GO 49ers, BUT GOOD LUCK HAWKS

    Who is thumbing this down????? I acknowledged both teams are elite. PFT Poet using multiple accounts??????????????

  61. leagueobservr says: Aug 1, 2014 1:35 PM

    It’s actually very simple. This year is “put-up-or-shut-up” for Harbaugh. If he wins it all, he gets what he asks for. If he falls short, he’ll be updating his resume for the college ranks…

  62. disp2 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:36 PM

    Never seen so media infatuation over a contract that just passed it’s mid point and still has 2 full seasons left on it.

  63. dalcow4 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:36 PM

    Watch out, Niners. Just remember you were cr#p before he got there.

  64. blabidibla says: Aug 1, 2014 1:36 PM

    “closer… than anyone will admit?”

    Please. The media hyped version of the Brown’s story is further from the truth than the media can admit. But it brought the eyeballs, right?

  65. NFLisnotreality says: Aug 1, 2014 2:10 PM

    seahawksnation12godsteam
    =
    logicalvoice or pftpoet

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