The relationship between San Francisco 49ers management and their head coach Jim Harbaugh has reportedly been fraught for awhile, as rumored tensions between the two parties nearly led the franchise to trade Harbaugh away to the Cleveland Browns over the offseason.
The situation has not improved as of late, particularly with the team's mounting losses, including their most recent defeat against the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving. Today, a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter surfaced indicating that a new trade for Harbaugh may be on the table.
No decision has yet been made about the situation—Schefter confirmed San Francisco's desire to resolve the matter at the end of the season. However, if the time comes for the two sides to part ways, the 49ers will hope to do so via a trade. Apparently, the two teams most interested in handing control over to Harbaugh are the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets—a pair of franchises in dire straits, desperately in need of direction.
However, Schefter also noted that if the 49ers win out and make a run in the postseason, then San Francisco may look to extend Harbaugh's contract with the team. The Niners have games left against the Raiders, Chargers, Seahawks, and Cardinals; an undefeated finish is easier said than done.
[via Pro Football Talk]