Niners CEO Jed York told Jim Kozimor on Yahoo! SportsTalk Live that he and coach Jim Harbaugh have agreed to hold off contract talks until after the season. York and Harbaugh on Wednesday and agreed to pump the brakes on their discussions.
“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.”
When asked if there’s a risk of Harbaugh’s value skyrocketing if the 49ers win a Super Bowl, York said that would be a “good thing” and an “unbelievable” problem to have. Harbaugh is entering the fourth-year of the original five-year, $25MM contract he signed in January 2011 after leaving Stanford. Now, teams looking to can their coach after the 2014 season could start circling the wagons around Harbaugh before the coach and York sit down to talk.
In Harbaugh’s three seasons, the 49ers have compiled a 36-11-1 record in the regular season, reached three straight NFC Championship games, and made one Super Bowl appearance.