When the Cleveland Browns made an attempt at exchanging draft picks for the services of Jim Harbaugh, the rumored trade had plenty of people shaking their head, wondering why the San Francisco 49ers would even entertain such an offer. A couple weeks later, we may have an idea why the 49ers really needed to mull it over before ultimately declining. According to multiple reports, Harbaugh and Niners general manager Trent Baalke have what can best be described as a "tense relationship." It is rumored that the two don't really speak to one another. Of course, the 49ers have since denied any such story.
Okay, fair play. Now, another report is claiming that the 49ers' locker room is growing tired of Harbaugh. Here's an excerpt from an article out of the San Francisco Chronicle:
But on the other hand, the friction has gotten worse. And given the events of the past week, it's become public. So there's no pretending that everything is fine.
And from what I've been told, the tension isn't just upstairs in the building. One source with inside knowledge of the team says that Harbaugh's act has worn thin in the locker room, particularly among some key "face of the 49ers" type players. While the team is winning, that's not a problem. But a few losses could expose a widening rift.
Uh oh. Hopefully all parties can work these things out because the Niners definitely have a good thing, given the fact that they've gone to, at least, the NFC Championship Game in last three straight years.
[via San Francisco Chronicle]