Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by Niners99:
The 49ers were probably in negotiations with Harbaugh, and things just got heated.
Harbaugh probably asked for 14 mil a year or something insane, 49ers said 8 mil, no more. Harbaugh said hed walk if he couldnt get his price. 49ers said how about we see what the Browns would give up then, since youre walking. Harbaugh then caved and said hed lower his price.
Expect a new deal to come out in the next month. 5 years, 50 mil.
Probably his agent playing the leverage games, but yeah, good point.
Its either leverage games that werent supposed to be leaked, or a Browns exec. (Lombardi) made a Browns hail mary trade attempt, the 49ers declined, and then he blew it WAY out of proportion by telling the media they discussed a trade.
Sounds like one of those things that started as nothing, and the person who published the report had to lie about the scenario to make it news worthy. Nobody is going to talk about a report that the Browns "made a lame trade offer to the 49ers for one of the best coaches in the NFL, but the 49ers politely declined."
Even still, Jim Harbaugh has used a crappy, joke of an organization to gain leverage on his contract negotiations before (Miami). Theres no way he was actually going to coach either of those dumpster fires.
Honestly, if I owned the 49ers, id give Harbaugh what he wants. His contract doesnt count towards the cap, and were completely SCREWED without him. Theres no possible way were going to improve at HC in any scenario where he leaves. Give him 10+ mil a year. Give him as many years as he wants to stay.
But the number 1 reason I believe this report is BS? Jed York has to open his brand new stadium next year, and sell tons of expensive seats. Giving our elite coach the boot to start off this next era of 49ers football would be a fantastic way to kill any momentum heading into 2014. Fans would riot. Jed is a smart guy. Thats a move his dad wouldve made, not him.