West Notes: Harbaugh, Sparano, Seahawks

Earlier today, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that a “swift” decision will come after the regular season ends on the future of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk). While SF could keep him for 2015 or extend his contract, it’s more likely that they’ll trade him or fire him. Florio notes that trading him quickly won’t be easy. Another team would have to can their coach, comply with the Rooney Rule by interviewing at least one minority candidate, negotiate a deal with the 49ers, and hammer out a deal with Harbaugh. Glazer says this will all be determined within 48 hours of the season finale, leaving an extremely tight window for a trade. More from the West divisions..

  • Cam Inman of the Mercury News scouted out Harbaugh’s options if he is let go by the 49ers, a list that no longer includes the Dolphins after it was announced earlier today that coach Joe Philbin would be returning in 2015. Still potentially on the table: the University of Michigan, the Raiders, the Bears, the Jets, the Giants, the Falcons, and others.
  • Some may disagree, but Raiders coach Tony Sparano told reporters, including Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle (on Twitter) that he feels he should return next season.
  • Cliff Avril & K.J. Wright‘s contract extensions with the Seahawks are using $1.5MM of their current cap space with $5.06MM of carry over room remaining, according to Joel Corry of CBSSports.com (via Twitter). Seattle should have $18.77MM of ’15 cap space remaining after the new pacts (link).
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