Jim Harbaugh has been seeking a new contract from the San Francisco 49ers for quite some time now, and the two sides have been talking. However, recently, he and team CEO Jed York have agreed to hold off those talks until after the 2014 season, this from York himself.
In speaking to CSN Bay Area, York revealed that he and Harbaugh recently made the decision to table the conversations for the time being, until after the 49ers are done chasing another potential Super Bowl appearance.
“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.”
This is good news, not only in that it won’t be a distraction for the team throughout the season, but for Harbaugh especially.
It has been said that Harbaugh was seeking to be paid like a Super Bowl-winning coach, even though he hasn’t actually won one. He has taken the 49ers to three consecutive NFC Championship games, with one appearance in the big game coming out of those. But in that Super Bowl appearance, they were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens and his brother, John.
With the 49ers once again considered a heavy contender, should he finally get that ring this season, it will only give him more leverage in the talks once they do resume again.