SAN FRANCISCO – Team president Jed York met for two hours Saturday with Trent Baalke, vice president of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers, but the team is still considering other candidates for the job of general manager.
An NFL source said York remains interested in former Oakland Raiders executive Michael Lombardi because he believes Lombardi might be able to deliver Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh as the 49ers' next head coach.
Lombardi ran the Raiders player personnel department until he was fired in May 2009. Harbaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach in 2002 and 2003, and the two are said to have a good relationship.
In an informal gathering with reporters on the field before the Niners' season finale against the Arizona Cardinals, Baalke confirmed his meeting with York at the team's Santa Clara, Calif., facility.
If the 49ers have targeted Harbaugh to be their next coach, they may have to move quickly on hiring a GM. Stanford plays Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Monday night, and Harbaugh is considered a hot commodity by a number of teams, including his alma mater, Michigan.
Harbaugh will undoubtedly be a candidate for virtually every NFL opening, and there were reports that new Denver Broncos VP John Elway met with Harbaugh about their head coach vacancy. If Michigan fires current coach Rich Rodriguez – a likely possibility after the Wolverines' 38-point loss to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl – they would pursue Harbaugh immediately.
Harbaugh, asked Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., if it bothered him to hear his name mentioned for so many openings, said, "I just talk about the job that I have and none others. That's the way I've always handled it in the past, and it's worked well. The way I handle it now and in the future, just focus and concentrate on the task at hand."