York, Harbaugh meet for several hours

49ers president Jed York and GM Trent Baalke meet with Hue Jackson and Jim Harbaugh. But their coaching search continues. Here's an update of what happened Wednesday.

UPDATE: Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has traveled to the Bay Area to make a proposal to hire Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. Citing sources, Mortensen said Ross is willing to make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in the NFL, which would put his offer in the $7-million-to-$8-million range. According to ESPN, Harbaugh said he's willing to listen to the Dolphins' presentation, which would clearly slow down talks with the 49ers.

Here's what we know about the San Francisco 49ers' coaching search Wednesday:

-- Team president Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke met with Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in the morning and with Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh in the afternoon.

-- The interview/discussion with Harbaugh lasted several hours and took place at an undisclosed location, according to CSN Bay Area.

-- The 49ers have also asked for permission to speak with New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Jackson and Fewell satisfy the Rooney Rule, which requires that teams interview minority candidates for head coach and executive positions.

-- A source told Scout.com that the deal with Harbaugh could be completed by the end of the day, but another source said too many things needed to get hashed out, specifically money and years. It's possible, however, that a contract could be worked out by Thursday.

-- It's been reported that Harbaugh rejected a deal with the University of Michigan that would have paid him $5.2 million annually (according to ESPN's John Clayton). If the 49ers snag him, they'll probably have to cough up $5.5 million or more per year.

-- They would also need to give Harbaugh considerable power, including control over the roster.

-- What's the backup plan? Baalke may have a list of offensive coordinators he could pursue, including Jackson, although he's expected to be named the Raiders' head coach. CSN Bay Area reported that two offensive coordinators, Brian Schottenheimer of the New York Jets and Pat Shurmur of the St. Louis Rams, are believed to be on Baalke's list.

If there are updates, we'll put them at the top of this post.


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