No one knows what’s going to happen with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Whenever whatever happens, some league insiders believe there’s a chance that Harbaugh could be joined at his next destination by 49ers president Paraag Marathe.
It’s purely speculation at this point, speculation that cuts against the perception that Marathe is among the San Fran front office cabal that wants to see Harbaugh leave. The prevailing view is that G.M. Trent Baalke, and only Baalke, started the power struggle that has Baalke staying and Harbaugh going, somewhere.
This isn’t a report that Marathe, who led the effort to get the new stadium built and who is regarded as one of the top contract negotiators in the NFL, will be leaving or should be leaving or could be leaving. It’s merely a recognition that some folks in the know believe that Harbaugh could try to get Marathe to join Harbaugh with a new NFL team — and that Marathe could be inclined to do it.
Of course, it hinges on Harbaugh getting another NFL job and not jumping to Michigan. Where there’s no salary cap to navigate or contracts to negotiate. Yet.