Jim Harbaugh contract talks off until after season

jimharbaugh
The San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh have not reached an agreement on a new deal. Instead the two sides have agreed to table contract talks until after the 2014 season.

Jed York told Yahoo! SportsTalk Live that he had spoken to the head coach on Wednesday about the decision.

“We actually just had this conversation yesterday,” York said. “Lots of people were talking to him about it. We just said, ‘You know what, let’s not do anything during the season. Let’s sit down a week or so after the season is over and let everybody know we’re not focused on anything that’s off the field right now.’

“Jim and I will sit down a week or so after the season is over and we’ll figure out where we go.”

York did not seem concerned that Harbaugh could lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl and thus demand a larger deal.

“Well, Jim’s here for the next two years under contract,” he said. “And like I’ve said publicly and very loudly in the past, I hope he has the utmost leverage when we sit down and talk about his contract at the end of the season.

“It’s a good thing. It’s an unbelievable problem to have.”

Harbaugh is entering the fourth-year of the original five-year, $25 million contract he signed in January 2011.

The 49ers had not had a winning season in eight years prior to Harbaugh’s arrival. He has compiled a 36-11-1 record during the regular season and appeared in three straight NFC Championship games.