Why Harbaugh postponed contract: “It’s the principle, it’s a value thing.”



Before the San Francisco 49ers took practice for Day 8, it was head coach Jim Harbaugh who was on the hot seat. A coach that just recently agreed to postpone his contract extension talks with CEO Jed York as Harbaugh said, “I believe as the leader of the team, you’re running in for a contract extension every couple years and has a tendency to set everybody else running for the water cooler.” Harbaugh then emphasized as to why he agreed to halt negotiations saying, “It’s the principle, it’s a value thing.”

A coach that has taken the team to three consecutive NFC Championship Games, it remains to be seen how much Harbaugh will get paid. If the 49ers win the Super Bowl could that $7 million per year turn into $8 or even $9 million? That remains to be seen, but when you look at the statistics since Harbaugh came to the 49ers back in 2011, no other NFL coach has endured that much success, especially if Harbaugh wins a Super Bowl this year.

With the 49ers continuing to work diligently as they try to end that Quest for Six, it will be interesting to see what Harbaugh’s asking price will be this time around next season, especially if the 49ers bring back the Lombardi Trophy back to the Bay Area.

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