49ers GM won't confirm $48M offer from UM to Harbaugh

By Cam Inman, San Jose Mercury News
Jim Harbaugh turns 51 today, Dec. 23.

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke reiterated Monday that Jim Harbaugh's job status won't be addressed until after Sunday's season finale, but not once did Baalke intimate that Harbaugh would return in 2015.

Baalke did confirm that the University of Michigan has approached the 49ers about acquiring Harbaugh to fill their vacant coaching position. Multiple reports last week stated that Michigan, Harbaugh's alma mater, is offering him a six-year, $48 million deal.

"I don't know that it's been offered to him. I don't know that it's been offered at all," Baalke said on his weekly segment on radio station 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. "I haven't seen a report that the contract has been handed to him and he's mulling it over."

Baalke said: "I think the University of Michigan, in reaching out, did handle it correctly. As I look at it, guys, it's very simple: He's the head football coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

"You read a lot of speculation. We heard the same thing about Texas and USC and others making overtures. He's a good football coach. Anytime there's a good opportunity like the University of Michigan or the University of Texas, they do that. That's expected. You'd rather have somebody coveted than somebody who's not."

Harbaugh might no longer be coveted by the 49ers, however. He has one season remaining on a five-year, $25 million deal. Before training camp, contract talks were tabled until after the season, which ends Sunday at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

"Our focus is on this last game. We'll address next season after this season is over, and not until then," Baalke said. "We'll deal with this at the end of the season. That's when we'll deal with it."