York, Harbaugh agree to end contract talks until after season

York, Harbaugh agree to end contract talks until after season
July 31, 2014, 6:30 pm

Jim Harbaugh's 23 wins in his first two seasons as a head coach is the second most in NFL history by a coach inheriting a team with a losing record. (AP)

SANTA CLARA –- Jed York and coach Jim Harbaugh have agreed to hold off contract talks until after the season.

York, the 49ers’ CEO, spoke with Harbaugh on Wednesday and the men agreed to next speak about a possible contract extension after the upcoming season, York said Thursday to host Jim Kozimor on Yahoo! SportsTalk Live.

“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.”

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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 problem to have.

“Well, Jim's here for the next two years under contract,” he said. “And 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.

“It's a good thing. It's an unbelievable problem to have.”

Harbaugh is entering the fourth-year of the original five-year, $25 million contract he signed in January 2011 after leaving Stanford. The 49ers had an eight-year skid of non-winning seasons before Harbaugh’s arrival.

In Harbaugh’s three seasons, the 49ers have compiled a 36-11-1 record (.760 winning percentage) in the regular season. The 49ers have reached three straight NFC Championship games with one Super Bowl appearance.

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