Jim Harbaugh clears the air, says no chance he's leaving before contract expires
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh cleared the air about the rumors swirling around him, insisting that he won't be leaving the 49ers if a contract extension isn't worked out.
He has two years remaining on his deal.
“Zero opportunity or chance of that in my mind,” Harbaugh told Sports Illustrated. "I see all these reports about how I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. They presume I covet some kind of extension. I have never said to anybody that I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never said that to anybody — my wife, my brother, my dad. I make plenty of money.
“The other one is that I want more power. I have never said that, nor do I want any more power than I have. I coach the team. I’ve told my owner I don’t want any more power. I want to coach the team. And I’ve never told anybody else otherwise.”
Does Harbaugh get along with general manager Trent Baalke?
"We're both demanding and we want to be accountable for ourselves, for each other," Harbaugh said. "If you haven't had a brother, you probably don't understand the relationship between the GM and the head coach. We're partners on the same team. I have great respect for him. He works extremely hard at it and is very good at it. We are all part of a team. I believe in the structure we have. I don't want to change anything that we do in that regard."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun