By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 27th, 2014 at 12:44 am EST
The San Francisco 49ers already have head coach Jim Harbaugh under contract for the next two years.
But, according to sources, the 49ers will sign Harbaugh to a contract extension this off-season. One source said that he could receive another 5-year deal to go along with his two-years already on his contract.
That would make him the 49ers head coach through the end of the 2019 season.
When he was hired by the 49ers in early 2011, he agreed to a five-year, $25 million dollar contract. But with a new contract, it would make him one of the highest paid NFL head coaches.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton makes the most at $8 million per year, while New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid make $7.5 million per year. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher each make $7 million per year.
His new contract should take him in the neighborhood of $7 million dollars. In his three years, the 49ers made it to the playoffs each year.
In fact, the 49ers went to the NFC Championship game all three years. Yet, twice they lost in 2011 to the New York Giants and this year to the Seattle Seahawks.
Last year, the 49ers advanced to their first Super Bowl since the 1994 season. But the 49ers could not overcome the Baltimore Ravens, as the 49ers lost their first Super Bowl game in franchise history (5-1 overall).
In the three years, the 49ers won the NFC West in 2011 and 2012, before making the playoffs through the Wild Card this season. The 49ers finished second to the Seahawks in the conference this year.
The 49ers are 36-11 under Harbaugh in the regular season. Yet, they are just 5-3 in the postseason under him.
In 2014, the 49ers will look to make the NFC Conference Championship game for the fourth straight year. The 49ers have made it to the NFC Conference Championship game three straight years two different occasions besides the current streak by the team.
The Philadelphia Eagles are the only NFC team in the history of the NFC Conference Championship game four straight years. The Eagles went to the NFC Conference Championship game from 2001 through 2005, winning in 2005 over the Atlanta Falcons to advance to the Super Bowl before losing to the New England Patriots.