John's new contract could set stage for brother Jim next year

John's new contract could set stage for brother Jim next year
September 5, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Jim Harbaugh signed a 5-year, $25 million dollar deal with the 49ers in January, 2011. Will he receive an extension next year, similar to the one his brother John received Thursday? (USA TODAY IMAGES)

John Harbaugh has a new contract as coach of the Baltimore Ravens.

And his brother, Jim Harbaugh, might be about a year behind in getting a new deal with the 49ers.

John Harbaugh, whose Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens open the season Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, have come to terms on a contract extension through the 2016 season. Harbaugh had two years remaining on his previous contract.

The deal is reportedly worth nearly $7 million a year four the next four years, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Meanwhile, John Harbaugh's deal could provide a hint of what to expect with Jim Harbaugh's next contract.

The 49ers coach is beginning the third season of the original five-year, $25 million contract that he signed in January 2011. It seems logical that the 49ers would reward Jim Harbaugh with a contract extension next summer, when he has two years remaining on his contract. Such a deal would coincide with the opening of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

Coincidentally, Jim Harbaugh was asked about his own contract situation two weeks ago. Harbaugh, who most of the time will not talk about players' contracts, declined to comment about his own situation.

"Yeah, put me in the same category as the players -- this is a policy," Harbaugh said. "(It) doesn't ever seem to do any good to talk about contracts publicly."

Harbaugh is just the third coach in NFL history to win consecutive division titles in his first two seasons after inheriting a team with a losing record. The 49ers are 24-7-1 in Harbaugh's two seasons, including trips to the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl.

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