Certainly, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, especially considering that others have reported as much in recent weeks.
Florio’s source added that San Francisco’s plans “will come into better focus after next week’s Scouting Combine.”
The 49ers signed Harbaugh away from the Stanford with a five-year, $25 million contract back in 2011. He still has two years remaining on his contract, but the fact that he was able to turnaround this team in such a short period of time, and has already led them to a Super Bowl, there is an obvious case to be made that he has already outperformed his current deal.
Kaepernick, 26, is in the final year of his rookie contract and will make $1.073 million for the 2014 season. There is still a good chance that Kaepernick could secure a top-10 ten this offseason, even if he’s willing to give the 49ers some additional room to address other positions. However, it’s never easy to fit that kind of salary into your cap.
Boldin, 33, is coming off of another productive season in which he totaled 85 receptions for 1,179 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 8 receiver in the league, so he should be one of the few veteran players to do well in free agency, assuming that he even makes it that far.
We have Boldin listed as the No. 50 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.