If Jim Harbaugh wants to get paid like a Super Bowl winning coach, he’s going to actually have to win the Lombardi Trophy.
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York implied just that in an interview with Damon Bruce on 95.7 the Game.
“If/when we win, he’s going to get paid a lot more than if we don’t,” said York. “And I think that’s sort of his mind set and his reality.”
With two seasons left on Harbaugh’s contract, neither side is feeling any urgency to get a new deal done.
“I don’t think there’s really pressure on either side.”
York also provided some updates on several of the team’s high profile players. The executive told Bruce that he would prefer to have linebacker NaVorro Bowman “100 percent” rather than have him try to rush back for Week 1. His comments seemed to suggest that it’s all but certain that Bowman won’t be with the team when the 49ers take the field in Dalllas on September 7.
York also shared his feelings on Vernon Davis and his contract dispute.
“He has to make that decision, no one can force him to come in.”
“It’s very much out of our control, and all we can do is be respectful and understand that he’s looking at this as a personal-business situation, and he needs to make a decision that’s right for Vernon.”
York’s “out of our control” comment indicates that the team is in no rush to negotiate with the AWOL tight end.
Finally, York told Bruce that it’s time for outside linebacker Aldon Smith to step up.
“He needs to figure out what he wants to do. He can have a very, very long career in the National Football League—hopefully with the San Francisco 49ers for many years to come.”
“But little things that continue to build and snowball, that’s going to hold him back and it can potentially hold the team back.”
York also mentioned that the league has yet to provide any “timetable” for announcing a potential suspension for Smith.
Note: All quotes courtesy of 95.7 The Game. Listen to the full interview with Damon Bruce right here.