Jed York today said today that he and Jim Harbaugh have agreed to table contract talks until the end of the 49ers' season.
“We actually just had this conversation yesterday,” York said on Yahoo! SportsTalk Live, which was held at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara Thursday. “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.”
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 Harbaugh's value increases.
“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,” York said. “It's a good thing. It's 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 hadn't reached the postseason since Steve Mariucci was the coach in 2002.