SANTA CLARA -- Team owner Jed York said Thursday that he and coach Jim Harbaugh have agreed to table contract talks until the end of the 49ers season.
We actually just had this conversation (Wednesday), York said on Yahoo! SportsTalk Live, which was held at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara on Thursday. Lots of people were talking to him about it. We just said, You know what, lets not do anything during the season. Lets sit down a week or so after the season is over and let everybody know were not focused on anything thats off the field right now.
Jim and I will sit down a week or so after the season is over and well figure out where we go.
According to a source, the 49ers made Harbaugh a contract proposal earlier this offseason, but he never responded. He has two years remaining on a five-year deal that pays him $5 million a season. The two sides also discussed an extension last season but made no progress.
York said he had no problem with a scenario in which Harbaugh and the 49ers win the Super Bowl and Harbaughs value increases.
Like Ive 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, York said. Its a good thing. Its an unbelievable problem to have.
Difficulties in working out a contract extension likely prompted the Cleveland Browns to inquire about trading for Harbaugh following the 2013 season, an overture that was quickly rejected, York has said in the past. Harbaugh has led the 49ers to at least the NFC Championship game in each of the three years he has coached the team. Before he arrived, the team hadnt reached the postseason since Steve Mariucci was the coach in 2002.
A better Crabtree Michael Crabtree not only is OK after sitting out the past 11/2 training camp practices, Greg Roman thinks the 49ers receiver is in better shape than ever.
I think this training camp, as I look at it, Im saying that hes better than the old Michael Crabtree, the 49ers offensive coordinator said. Why? His physical conditioning, his understanding of the game. I think he played the games last year under less-than-ideal circumstances and had to adjust his game a little bit to account for that.
Crabtree missed most of the 2013 season with a torn Achilles tendon he suffered the previous May. He returned in December and played eight games, finishing with 487 receiving yards. Despite those respectable stats, Roman said Crabtree never returned to full speed before the teams season ended in Seattle.
He came off the Achilles injury and just really gutted it out at the end of the year, Roman said. I dont have this as a fact, but I dont know if everybody would have played that early coming off that injury.
Crabtree walked out of Wednesdays practice after a trainer looked at his lower leg.
Hes fine, Roman said. Just working with our training staff, taking part of all the meetings and everything else that everybody else is taking part of.
Another veteran receiver, Brandon Lloyd, also missed Thursdays session. Roman indicated that Lloyd also was dealing with a minor injury.
Good day, Goodell As expected, outside linebacker Aldon Smith will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Aug. 8 in New York during the 49ers six-day trip to Baltimore, according to ESPN. The meeting will take place one day after the 49ers play the Ravens in the preseason opener.
Following the meeting, Goodell is expected to decide on a punishment for Smith likely a multi-game suspension. Smith has had several run-ins and near-misses since January 2012, including two DUI charges and weapons violations. He pleaded no contest to charges in May and was sentenced to 12 days in a work program. That sentence began Monday.
Et cetera The 49ers were down to six defensive linemen with Justin Smith (shoulder), Ian Williams (ankle) and Ray McDonald (leg) all out of action and Demarcus Dobbs attending to a personal matter. Dobbs is expected back today.
• With LaMichael James (elbow) out for a few weeks, Devon Wylie and Bruce Ellington handled punt-return duties Thursday.
• An NFL officiating crew was on hand this week to go over new league rules and points of emphasis with the 49ers. One area of emphasis verbal abuse, including racist and homophobic slurs of the opponent will be a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty.
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