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March 3, 2014
Harbaugh speaks: 49ers coach insists reports about contract demands aren't true

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Jim Harbaugh says there is "zero opportunity or chance" that he will leave the 49ers before his contract expires in two years. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Harbaugh refuted the notion that he wants to be the highest paid coach in the NFL or that he wants to wrestle power away from general manager Trent Baalke.

He also denied the Pro Football Talk report from two weeks ago that he was about to be traded to Cleveland but ultimately nixed the deal.

"There was never any opportunity to leave the San Francisco 49ers," he said. "If that existed, it existed in somebody else's mind, not mine. I am too fond of my team, the players, the coaches. I really feel like we have one of the best, if not the best organizations in football."

Team owner Jed York told The Bee last week that the Browns made an overture for Harbaugh after the 49ers season ended but that it was quickly rejected. York and Harbaugh's representatives, meanwhile, discussed a contract extension last summer but the subject was tabled. York said he was willing to resume talks whenever Harbaugh wanted but that he imagined they wouldn't come up again until after the May 8-10 draft.

Harbaugh currently earns $5 million a year, a middle-of-the-road salary for NFL coaches. "I get paid extremely well," he told SI. "Jed York has always been square dealing with me. I don't think about that as an issue ... I've seen it written like fact: 'Harbaugh wants to be the highest paid coach in football', or 'desperately covets a new contract'. For the record: I make plenty of money. I mean, plenty of money.'"

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-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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