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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers do not meticulously go through their contracts to figure out clauses and escalators until after the team's offseason workout program.
If the 49ers had known that cornerback Tarell Brown was in line to lose $2 million and see his salary reduced to $925,000, the 49ers would have informed him, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday.
"That's a real torpedo," Harbaugh said. "But he's been very professional. The thing for all of us is finding the solution. If there's a solution there, soon we'll put our minds together and come up with the right plan so hopefully someday we'll get to the point where we laugh about that, chuckle about that. That's the way I'd like to see it go."
Brown enters the final year of a five-year, $8.2 million extension he signed in 2009. He has started every game for the 49ers the past two seasons and has played very well during that time. After Brown hires a new agent, the 49ers are expected to enter into talks aimed at a multi-year contract extension.
"Just think there's a solution there," Harbaugh said. "I don't know that it's any one particular thing, but you explore all those options and find the solution. It's there, we just got to do some work and get it done. We're motivated to do that because he deserves it, he's earned it. I don't want to see him playing for the minimum when he's a starting, top-line player."
Brown fired his agent, Brian Overstreet, on Thursday after learning that his decision to work out in Dallas meant that he forfeited more than two-thirds of his salary in a escalator.
Harbaugh said if the 49ers had known about the contract situation, the club would have made sure Brown knew what he was potentially passing up.
"I just think it was an unfortunate situation," Harbaugh said. "I feel confident knowing that the people involved, had they known anything, then they would've brought that to his attention. Unfortunately, nobody caught it. It was a real torpedo nobody wanted to see."