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Jim Harbaugh says it’s “refreshing” to table contract talk


The 49ers have tabled their contracts talks with coach Jim Harbaugh, and the owner has said they’re not apparently far apart on money.

But as to the cessation of talks, Harbaugh turned it into a positive, saying he didn’t want a new contract with two years left on his contract.

Isn’t it refreshing?” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of “It has to be refreshing for you, refreshing for everybody in the building, refreshing for our fan base that the concentration will be on the 2014 season and our goals as a football team and achieving those goals. That’s the 49er way that I subscribe to.

“As I stated on the record these past months, this past week, all focus is on the 2014 season and achieving our goals. Now, the organization and I are in lockstep and all energy, all focus is on achieving those goals.”

Well, except for holdout guard Alex Boone, and tight end Vernon Davis, who threatened a holdout before showing up.

Of course, Joe Staley had four years left on his contract when he got a contract extension, so apparently there are some loopholes in “the 49er way.”

“That’s another thing that I’m on the record for,” Harbaugh said “And expressed that last summer when I was presented with a new contract, just my feeling, my principle, just a value, as the leader of the team, if I’m running in for a contract extension every couple years, it has a tendency to send everybody else running for the water cooler.”

Until his status is clarified, however, people are going to continue to sidle up to the cooler for a refreshing drink of “When do I get mine?”

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20 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh says it’s “refreshing” to table contract talk”
  1. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 1, 2014 3:24 PM

    Good. Now they can all get back to the business of football.

    And keeping their players out of prison.

  2. bhlobos says: Aug 1, 2014 3:26 PM

    Think he’s a great coach, but man do I hate having to see and hear the guy… comes off as such a tool.

  3. sfninersfan says: Aug 1, 2014 3:30 PM

    In Jim we trust

  4. garyridgway says: Aug 1, 2014 3:34 PM

    Translation : Stay off my back, I’m waiting for the job at Michigan to open back up.

  5. i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 1, 2014 3:34 PM

    What’s refreshing is an ice-cold Zima.

  6. sonoco says: Aug 1, 2014 3:40 PM

    The loophole is, when you’re underpaid and show up for work they 49ers will talk deal. Vernon isn’t underpaid and Boone didn’t show up for work.

  7. dalcow4 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:46 PM

    It’s going to be “refreshing” next year to be coaching the Cowboys or Dolphins.

  8. digitalsasquatch says: Aug 1, 2014 3:46 PM

    Dress like a pro, Jimmy…wear a decent pair of pants to your next negotiating session.

  9. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:55 PM

    He has resurrected the Niners into a perennial cotender and the fan base couldn’t be more appreciative.

    We trust Harbaugh, revel in the hatred he evokes from the media and trolls and know he will be coaching our team for years to come.

    We’re trained and reloaded.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  10. purpleguy says: Aug 1, 2014 3:55 PM

    Weird dude, but a good coach.

  11. gmen5280 says: Aug 1, 2014 4:09 PM

    Has a roster full of talent, thanks to a good front office.
    There will be what if questions up the wazoo if they don’t win the SuperBowl in the next 2 years.

    Not sure if I could sit down and have a dinner with with the guy.
    He would probably want to see who could finish all the food on their plate first.

  12. cribbage12 says: Aug 1, 2014 4:15 PM

    What’ll be refreshing is to see fewer Harbaugh and Manziel posts on PFT.

  13. Dogsweat says: Aug 1, 2014 4:28 PM

    Dear Santa Clara 49ers,

    Please sign Coach Harbaugh and Clown Kaepernick to a timeless contract.


    NFC West.


    We love watching the 49er Circus when it comes to town.

  14. corvusrex96 says: Aug 1, 2014 4:32 PM

    In the meantime please upgrade your wardrobe b/c only girls wear pleats

  15. pftisterrible says: Aug 1, 2014 4:34 PM

    I’m sure it is refreshing for Harbaugh to wake up every morning knowing that Pete Carroll makes millions more per year, has complete control over his team’s roster, and won the Super Bowl last year

    What’s your deal, Jim? Not as good as Pete’s deal

  16. realfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2014 5:16 PM

    Yea 49er fans, keep sticking your head into the ground on this one. This guy’s gone, probably in this next off-season if a team steps up with the right compensation to get him. Just ask your Bay brethren, Raider fans, how it works out when your coach starts talking like this.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 1, 2014 6:30 PM

    Guru Jim is well beyond earthly concerns like money. Gold is only a heavy burden to slow the progress of a spiritual traveler. Ride swiftly on the wings of imagination and sip the god’s nectar only when he need sustenance.

  18. bleedrangerblue says: Aug 1, 2014 7:43 PM

    He’s hoping they win and really cashes in.

  19. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 1, 2014 10:14 PM

    C’mon pants… You know you’re gonna get paid. Somewhere.
    Right this minute there’s an owner thinking “I’ve got to get this guy” for some unknown reason.
    Just coach the team and lay off the sideline hysterics and you’ll be ok.

  20. wyrdawg says: Aug 1, 2014 10:54 PM

    How does your boss feel about that?

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