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Harbaugh says reports about his contract demands are not true

Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh
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Jim Harbaugh told Michael Rosenberg in an interview that reports on his demands are false. In an article on Sports Illustrated, Harbaugh sounded frustrated how others view him as one who demands everything. The 49ers head coach said there isn't any chance he will be leaving.

"[There is zero opportunity or chance of [leaving] in my mind," Harbaugh said in the interview. "I see all these reports about how I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. They presume I covet some kind of extension. I have never said to anybody that I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never said that to anybody -- my wife, my brother, my dad. I make plenty of money."

The perception around the league and media alike is that Harbaugh is asking for one of the largest contracts for a head coach, along with more power and control of the 49ers. He has completed three years of his five-year contract which he signed in 2011 to become the team's head coach.

Harbaugh also denied the report on Pro Football Talk about the deal that never happened with the Cleveland Browns. People have also believed there has been tension between Harbaugh and General Manager Trent Baalke throughout the time being, but the head coach said there aren't any problems.

He has two years remaining in his original five-year contract with the 49ers as he makes $5 million per season. Throughout the season, Harbaugh would not comment on any talks about his contract or any future long-term plans, but it doesn't mean he isn't committed to the team. He made it his own policy to decline talking about himself financially.

Harbaugh said he is committed to the team and that no one should worry about him. His is perfectly fine remaining in San Francisco with the 49ers.

"There was never any opportunity to leave the San Francisco 49ers," he says. "If that existed, it existed in somebody else's mind, not mine. I am too fond of my team, the players, the coaches. I really feel like we have one of the best, if not the best organizations in football."

For the full story from Sports Illustrated, click here.