Killion mentions that these issues are unlikely to develop into a big problem while the team is winning. However, she believes a few losses “could expose a widening rift” within the team.
This is just the latest report regarding issues involving Harbaugh and the rest of the 49ers’ organization. Harbaugh’s contract situation has already developed into a big offseason story line, and it doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon.
A separate 49ers source tells Killion that even if the two sides were to reach an agreement a new contract, there would “probably only buy peace for a few weeks before speculation started up again.”
“That’s just who Jim is,” said Killion’s source. “He’d probably like to redo his contract every year, just out of competition.”
San Francisco has maintained that an extension for Harbaugh is a priority for them this offseason, although they are expected to wait until after the draft before addressing the situation. That can, of course, change, but you really have to wonder whether or not this could be his last season with the 49ers.