As expected, the Jim Harbaugh era has ended in San Francisco.
The team has announced that Harbaugh and the franchise have mutually agreed to part ways after four years together.
“Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions,” CEO Jed York said. “We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best.”
Per a league source, the mutual parting makes Harbaugh free and clear to take any other job, including another NFL job, with no compensation to the 49ers. So despite multiple, persistent reports that Harbaugh would be traded, the two sides ultimately decided to walk away, with no strings attached and no further obligation. Basically, they’ve wiped out the final year of his five-year contract.