Amid separate reports that the University of Texas is interested in Jim Harbaugh as a replacement for Mack Brown and that friction exists between Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke, the 49ers coach said Thursday he is happy in the Bay Area, Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports.
“Absolutely,” Harbaugh said when asked if he wants to stay with the 49ers long-term. “Absolutely.”
Harbaugh is in the third year of a five-year deal that will pay him $25 million. 49ers owner Jed York is on the record saying the team plans to try to finalize an extension for Harbaugh in the offseason.
York told San Francisco radio station KNBR there is occasional creative tension between the two football leaders, but not “friction,” as reported by the San Jose Mercury News this week.
Harbaugh, as did York, downplayed any issues.
“It’s the 49er way,” Harbaugh said. “It’s the team, the team, the team. Everybody does a little and it adds up to be a lot. Nobody above the team. Nobody more important. Nobody less important. Hundreds of people in this organization, and we all have a role and we all contribute to the best of our ability. And that’s the team, the team, the team. We win as a team. That’s how we do it.”