Harbaugh has proven long-term worth

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One of the biggest priorities of the San Francisco 49ers this offseason will be to extend the contract of coach Jim Harbaugh.

CEO Jed York is on the record as saying a new deal will be struck. The two sides talked before this season, but Harbaugh was looking for better terms.

There has been talk in recent weeks that Harbaugh needed to lead his team to a strong postseason showing to plead his case.

That is not an issue.

Harbaugh has nothing to prove. He has shown he is a coach who is worth being paid at the highest end of the scale. He has two more years remaining on a five-year, $25 million deal. Harbaugh could get a $3 million a year raise.

He’s worth every penny.

Sunday, Harbaugh will lead the 49ers into Seattle in the NFC title game. It will be his third time in three seasons as an NFL coach he has led his team to the championship round. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time an NFL coach has accomplished that feat.

Getting to this round is a major achievement. To do it three times in a row -- especially at the beginning of tenure -- is mind boggling.

Whatever happens from here on out, doesn’t matter. Harbaugh’s stature as an elite coach is set. I don’t care if the 49ers get blown out in Seattle and the 49ers fall to 1-2 in title games under Harbaugh.

Sure, there will be some talk that he can’t win the big one but that's overblown -- especially considering where he has taken this team in such a short period of time. The 49ers are young, too. It is all set up for them to have a long period of success.

And there is no doubt; Harbaugh will be paid very handsomely while doing it.