Harbaugh mulling 49ers, Stanford?

It's been a quiet day on the Jim Harbaugh front. Good news for the 49ers? Maybe, assuming he has narrowed his choices to them and Stanford.

It's been a quiet Friday on the Jim Harbaugh front, which can probably be interpreted one of two ways:

-- Harbaugh has narrowed his choices to the San Francisco 49ers or his current employer, Stanford University.

-- He and his agent/agents (we still can't figure out if he has one or two of them) are waiting to see if someone else wants to join the party. The Denver Broncos were believed to be interested, but their interest reportedly has cooled. The Miami Dolphins are out.

Right now, the smart money is on Stanford. Harbaugh met with university officials Thursday, including president John Hennessey, and they supposedly sweetened an offer they made in December. There are reports that there's a deal on the table that would pay Harbaugh at least $5 million a year before bonuses.

Can the 49ers match that? Reportedly, their current offer is for $4.5 million a year, and as far as we can tell, team president Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke haven't spoken to Harbaugh or his people since Wednesday. It's possible that any improved deal would have to be approved by team owners John and Denise York, Jed's parents.

If that's so, it's out of Jed York's hands. Maybe Jed is waiting to see if his parents are willing to up their offer to $6 million a year.

Will a deal get done with Stanford, the 49ers or another team by the end of the day Friday? It's anyone's guess.


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