Report: 49ers give DC Vic Fangio one-year extension

By John Breech |

The 49ers added one year to the contract of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. (USATSI)
The 49ers added one year to the contract of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. (USATSI)

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Jim Harbaugh wanted a raise for his defensive coordinator and the 49ers listened. San Francisco signed Vic Fangio to a one-year extension this week that will make Fangio 'among the highest paid defensive coordinators in the league,' according to the Sacramento Bee.

The new deal means both Harbaugh and Fangio have contracts that will expire after the 2015 season. Keeping Fangio is something that's important to Harbaugh, who lobbied for his defensive coordinator to get a raise earlier this month, "He has not had a raise since he's been here," Harbaugh said, adding that the team should 'focus on' giving Fangio a raise.

Fangio came to San Francisco with Harbaugh in 2011 and since his arrival, the 49ers defense has been one of the most dominant in the NFL. In each of the past three seasons, San Francisco's defense has ranked in the top-five, including 2012, when the 49ers third-ranked defense helped the team earn a trip to the Super Bowl.

Harbaugh originally joined forces with Fangio in 2010 when Fangio was hired as the defensive coordinator at Stanford. Jim Harbaugh isn't the only Harbaugh Fangio's coached under either. Fangio also spent two seasons as a Ravens assistant under John Harbaugh.

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