49ers GM: Michigan has contacted Jim Harbaugh

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke acknowledged that the University of Michigan has contacted 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

“As long as it’s handled correctly, I think the University of Michigan, in reaching out, did handle it correctly,” Baalke said Monday during a radio apeparance.

Harbaugh has been offered a six-year, $48 million contract.

“We’re going to sit down and discuss things and see where this thing goes at the conclusion at the season,” Baalke said. “But right now our focus is on one thing and one thing only, and that’s Arizona.”

Nothing has happened yet.

“As I look at it, it’s very simple,” Baalke said. “He’s the head football coach of the San Francisco 49ers. And you read about reports, not just on coaches – a lot of coaches, a lot of speculation. We heard the same thing last year with the University of Texas and USC and a couple of others making overtures to him. He’s a good football coach. And people want good football coaches.

"So anytime there’s an opportunity for a place like the University of Michigan or University of Texas to look into a good football coaches, they do that. And that’s to be expected. You’d rather have somebody that’s coveted than somebody that’s not.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.