SANTA CLARA – Coach Jim Harbaugh echoed 49ers CEO Jed York’s earlier statements that he did not want to set the wrong precedent with a new contract with two years remaining on his original deal.
Harbaugh and York spoke on Wednesday and the sides decided to table contract talks until the end of the upcoming season.
“Isn’t it refreshing?” Harbaugh said Friday. “It has to be refreshing for you, refreshing for everybody in the building, refreshing for our fan base that the concentration will be on the 2014 season and our goals as a football team and achieving those goals. That’s the 49er way that I subscribe to.
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“As I stated on the record these past months, this past week, all focus is on the 2014 season and achieving our goals. Now, the organization and I are in lockstep and all energy, all focus is on achieving those goals.”
Guard Alex Boone is holding out for a new contract with two years remaining on his current deal. Tight end Vernon Davis reported to camp on time but was a no-show during the team’s offseason program as he sought a new deal with two years remaining, too.
Said Harbaugh: “That’s another thing that I’m on the record for, and expressed that last summer when I was presented with a new contract, just my feeling, my principle, just a value, as the leader of the team, if I’m running in for a contract extension every couple years, it has a tendency to send everybody else running for the water cooler.”
The longer Harbaugh goes without a new contract, the more speculation will surface about his future. That’s irrelevant to Harbaugh, he said.
“All focus is on the 2014 season and accomplishing our goals,” he said. “I understand your speculation. And I think you can afford to be out in front of your headlights more than we can that are in here trying to accomplish our goals. Our energy, our focus is on the 2014 season. I think that’s very refreshing.”