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Report: Jim Harbaugh, 49ers contract negotiations stall

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Negotiations between the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh have reportedly stalled.
Negotiations between the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh have reportedly stalled. (USATSI)

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Jim Harbaugh is signed with the 49ers through 2015, but that hasn't kept his contract status from becoming a distraction.

There were rumors this offseason about a possible trade of Harbaugh to the Browns and the silence on extension talks with Harbaugh, who's now been to three-straight NFC Championship Games, is deafening.

Even after the 49ers locked down franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it doesn't appear the team is making much headway with Harbaugh.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports "not much is happening" on the Harbaugh-contract front, with the Niners making him an offer and Harbaugh not responding to said offer.

Per Florio, the problem apparently stems with Harbaugh wanting "to be paid like a coach who has won a Super Bowl" despite not winning one. (He's been really close three times.)

Unlike players, coaches can't be given the franchise tag.

The 49ers face a situation where they have to keep Harbaugh in house (by virtue of a pre-2015 extension) or watch him hit free agency. The cost will get high, quickly, if Harbaugh ends up on the market.

The urgency isn't necessarily there just yet; things will pick up quickly come next offseason. And if the 49ers have an offer into Harbaugh and he's not responding, there isn't much they can do.

Except hope he wins a Super Bowl so they can justify paying him what he wants moving forward.

 
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