His over the top antics and complaining chafes many – though it’s hard to deny what he’s done with the 49ers on the field. The organization knows this and they don’t want to let any outside source come in and attempt to snag Harbaugh out of their grasps, which is why they plan to extend his contract this offseason.
The biggest impediment could be his financial expectations. With his brother, John, making in the neighborhood of $7 million in Baltimore, Jim may want as much or more. There’s also speculation that Jim may want more say over personnel, given reports that emerged last season regarding friction between Harbaugh and G.M. Trent Baalke.
San Francisco and Harbaugh already attempted to work out an extension last year but were unable to find a middle ground. Another NFC Championship appearance under his belt should only strengthen his case.