SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh hopes there is a solution out there for the misunderstanding that led to cornerback Tarell Brown losing out on $2 million for not training at the 49ers facility this offseason.
"We're very motivated to do that because he deserves it," Harbaugh said Sunday. "I don't want to see him playing for the minimum when he's a starting, top-end player."
Brown learned Thursday that he would lose $2 million for not participating in the team's offseason program. He chose to work out instead in Dallas with his personal trainer, former Olympic sprinter Jon Drummond. That voided a $2 million bonus and leaves him to make $925,000 this season, the final year of his contract.
Brown was arguably the team's top cornerback during last year's run to the Super Bowl. He had an interception in the playoff opener against Green Bay and forced a fumble during the attempted second-half comeback in the Super Bowl against Baltimore.
The team doesn't discuss contract negotiations, but Harbaugh hinted that signing Brown to an extension that would help make up for the lost money could be a possibility.
"We'll all put our minds together and come up with the right plan and so hopefully we'll get to the point where we'll chuckle about that," Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh called the scenario an "unfortunate situation" that "nobody caught."
"I feel confident knowing that the people involved, had they known anything, that we would've brought that to their attention," Harbaugh said.
Brown admitted Thursday that the situation was a distraction for him, but Harbaugh said it hasn't been noticeable during practice.
"On the field, he's been very good," Harbaugh said. "He got bit by a real torpedo. He's been very professional."
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