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Harbaugh's potential extension becomes tougher with Carroll's new deal

Pete Carroll shakes hands with Jim Harbaugh
Pete Carroll shakes hands with Jim Harbaugh
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The Seattle Seahawks announced a new deal with head coach Pete Carroll last week which will keep him under contract through the 2016 NFL season. He was initially entering the final year of a five year, $35 million contract which he signed with the team back in 2010.

For spectators and everyone else around the NFL, the question is when when will Jim Harbaugh have his extension with the San Francisco 49ers? Harbaugh said he isn't sure, but there isn't any chance of him leaving the team.

"I don't know [about an extension]," Harbaugh said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. "What I do know is this: I make plenty of money. And I don't do five times as much work as any other coach on the staff. I get paid extremely well. Jed York has always been square dealing with me. I don't think about that as an issue. I've seen it written like fact: 'Harbaugh wants to be the highest paid coach in football', or 'desperately covets a new contract'. For the record: I make plenty of money. I mean, plenty of money."

A short term extension would be a logical answer to this problem, but it's unlikely. Harbaugh has two years remaining on his original five-year contract he signed with the 49ers back in 2011. It wouldn't make sense for Harbaugh to take less money after reaching the NFC Championship game for three straight seasons which includes a Super Bowl appearance from 2012.

Both sides could not reach an agreement when the 2012 season ended and it won't appear this way until the end of 2014 at the earliest. The 49ers and Jim Harbuagh want a Super Bowl win, which is what Pete Carroll just accomplished with the Seahawks.

Harbaugh will be "gambling on himself" to deliver with two years remaining on his contract. If he coaches a team to the franchise's sixth Lombardi trophy, it will be all but guaranteed he receives a massive deal with the 49ers' backs against the wall.

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