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49ers: Despite smoke, no fire in Jim Harbaugh trade rumors


There’s an old saying that goes “the bigger the lie, the more people will believe it”.

Over the last couple of days, numerous reports have surfaced that the San Francisco 49ers were on the brink of trading away their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, to the Cleveland Browns for several draft picks.

One report by Profootballtalk.com, said that the two teams had a deal in place but ultimately, Coach Harbaugh changed his mind, deciding to stay in the Bay Area.

In matter of just a couple of days, a 49ers squad that was inches away from taking the lead in the NFC Title game with under :30 seconds left to play, has all of a sudden become the subject of an offseason soap-opera.

The rumors have even lead to the belief that there is a deep rift between the head coach and general manager.

Here’s a simple fact- back in 2011, Jim Harbaugh signed a 5-year $25 million contract to become the head coach of the 49ers. After three seasons that have included two division titles, three conference championships, and a Super Bowl appearance, Harbaugh and the 49ers remain a strong Super Bowl contender with their current group of players, most of whom are under contract until after the 2014 season.

Harbaugh has two seasons left on his current contract and would like to extend his deal to remain the head coach for the 49ers for a while, especially with the current young core players on his roster, most prominently quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whom Harbaugh personally selected in his first NFL draft.

Bottom line is this. Cleveland needed a head coach and called the 49ers to inquire about Jim Harbaugh, to which the 49ers quickly ended those talks. Harbaugh on the other hand, is looking for a contract extension.

This story, which for some reason has been blown completely out of proportion, continues to make waves in the Bay Area. The 49ers will sign Jim Harbaugh long term and will win a Super Bowl and the day that happens, maybe, just maybe, the “rift” and “trade talks” will finally be put to rest.

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