SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will wait until after the season before resuming talks on a contract extension with coach Jim Harbaugh, CEO Jed York said Thursday on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Harbaugh has two seasons remaining on a contract (five years, $25 million) he signed upon leaving Stanford in 2011.

"Jim and I will sit down a week or so after the season is over and we'll figure out where we go," York said, adding that he and Harbaugh spoke Wednesday when they decided to table the issue.

York recognizes that Harbaugh's pay grade might skyrocket if the 49ers win their first Super Bowl in 20 years. "Like I've said publicly and very loudly in the past, I hope he has the utmost leverage when we sit down and talk about his contract at the end of the season," York said.

Harbaugh is the only coach in NFL history to reach conference championship games in each of his first three seasons.

Harbaugh discussed his contract goals in an interview Sunday with Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, stating: "I have never asked to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never asked to be paid like a Super Bowl-winning coach.

"I have never asked for more power, nor has anybody asked for those things on my behalf, which anybody in this organization can attest to, and all the focus will be on the 2014 season and achieving our goals of the team."

The Cleveland Browns inquired in February about acquiring Harbaugh in a trade, which was quickly scuttled after York said he asked Harbaugh of any interest in such a move.


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Topping the salary chart among other coaches are believed to be Sean Payton (Saints, $8 million per year), Bill Belichick (Patriots, $7.5 million), Andy Reid (Chiefs, $7.5 million), Jeff Fisher (Rams, $7 million) and John Harbaugh (Ravens, $7 million).

  • Wide receiver Michael Crabtree missed his first practice of training camp Thursday, and although it's unknown whether his past Achilles or foot injuries are involved, the 49ers say it's nothing serious.

    "No, Mike's just working though something. He's fine," said offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who proceeded to praise how improved Crabtree is from his injury-shortened 2013 season.

    Crabtree was seen Wednesday off to the side testing out his lower right leg while practice finished up without him.

    Crabtree has impressed through the first week of camp. Colin Kaepernick said Tuesday that Crabtree looked "a step or two quicker" and 100 percent recovered from last year's right Achilles tear that sidelined him the first 11 games.

    "He's in great shape relative to what he did last year," Roman said. "He came off the Achilles injury and just really gutted it out at the end of the year."

    Crabtree has declined interview requests since training camp began and has not spoken to 49ers reporters since the NFC Championship game loss at Seattle.

    Fellow wideout Brandon Lloyd left practice Wednesday with an undisclosed leg injury.

  • Linebacker Aldon Smith said he expected to meet soon with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and that date apparently will be next Friday, Aug. 8.

    The 49ers will be on the East Coast to face the Baltimore Ravens in their exhibition opener Thursday, followed by four days of scrimmages in Owings Mills, Maryland.

    Smith's disciplinary fate rests in Goodell's hands and a "significant suspension" is expected to be dealt, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who broke the news on Smith's scheduled date.

  • Smith, Chris Culliver and Jon Baldwin returned to practice, but several players did not, including cornerback Tramaine Brock and defensive linemen Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and Demarcus Dobbs.

  • Running back LaMichael James got fitted for a brace on his dislocated right elbow while he sat out practice.

  • Center Marcus Martin (ankle) and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (hamstring) look almost ready to practice for the first time in camp.