SANTA CLARA -- There is absolutely nothing wrong with Jim Harbaugh's peripheral vision, as Cam Inman and I can personally vouch.
In fact, Harbaugh might have optical superpowers: He was answering one question during the 49ers coach's Tuesday presser but apparently also closely monitoring two Bay Area News Group reporters three rows back all along.
"Were you and Cam kind of writing each other notes, trying to figure out what question to ask?" Harbaugh called out to me from behind the podium.
Well, yes and no: I was definitely glancing at something Inman had scribbled (got me!), but I was going to ask a question along the same lines, anyway.
It was about a player's contract. And Harbaugh, I should have known, does not speak about contracts.
But this led me to another contractual topic that I believe Harbaugh was partially anticipating all along, because he's just that canny and eagle-eyed.
And because it's a fairly large question. Not immediately pressing, but large.
What about your own contract, Jim? It expires after the 2015 season. Have there been any talks to extend your deal beyond that term?
"Yeah, put me in the same category as the players -- this is a policy," Harbaugh said without missing a beat. "Doesn't ever seem to do any good to talk about contracts publicly."
Hmm. That's about as bland as anybody could get on the topic, but the no-contract-talk thing is understandable.
Harbaugh has fulfilled two of the five contracted years, at about $5 million per, and delivered two magnificent seasons along the way, with Season No. 3 about to start with massive expectations.
After the 2013 season is over, Harbaugh will still have two years left. But of course, he has never stayed in one head coaching job longer than the four years he spent at Stanford, when he was rightfully looking at other jobs about two years in.
Which I remember because I was asking Harbaugh these same questions back then, and he was no-commenting them, same as now.
All understandable. But financial plans are vital for all sports franchises, especially NFL teams with all the money going in and out and the frantic roster and coaching turnover.
The 49ers have extended Vernon Davis, Joe Staley, Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and others long before they ever came close to free agency -- which was wise and timely.
The 49ers have decided not to extend other players, and we have seen many of those guys depart.
The 49ers front office will have the same decisions to make with Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith, among others, next offseason.
There are plans. There are financial gut-calls. And by the way, general manager Trent Baalke is signed through 2016 -- one year beyond Harbaugh's deal.
So that, in some way, leads to the man who is the face of the franchise, its burning life force, and a potential February 2016 free agent:
Jim, just generally, do you want to be with the 49ers beyond 2015?
"Again, there is no positive result that comes out of talking about contracts," Harbaugh said.
"If you think you've got a story there, feel free to run with it."
There's that QB-level anticipation again: Maybe Harbaugh knew these questions were coming, at some point.
I've been asking around a little about Harbaugh's long-term future with the 49ers and have heard a few things that were not surprising.
First, there were some very informal offseason discussions between the 49ers and Harbaugh's camp about the idea of a long-term, high-dollar extension.
But both sides decided that there was no urgency to get anything done right now; Harbaugh is comfortable dealing with this in due time, and so is 49ers owner Jed York.
Harbaugh is logically going to want a big raise whenever he gets a new deal, and, yes, he almost certainly will deserve one.
Interestingly, at $5 million per, Harbaugh is the third-highest-paid coach in the NFC West, behind St. Louis' Jeff Fisher ($7 million) and Seattle's Pete Carroll ($6 million).
Meanwhile, the 49ers are getting their state-of-the-art stadium ready for a grand opening next season and are a favorite to get to and -- this time -- win the Super Bowl.
Everything is focused on Harbaugh. He knows that, the Yorks know that, Baalke knows that, the entire team knows that.
If the 49ers win the Super Bowl this season, I think Harbaugh will get a monster extension at a salary close to double what he's making now.
If they don't, then everything will have to play out -- Harbaugh is not known for longevity anywhere, but he also seems perfect for this place and this team.
And you know who has this scoped out clearer than anybody else? Harbaugh, of course, who can probably see me typing this right now.
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