49ers GM: ‘Jim Harbaugh and I work well together’

Jim Harbaugh

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke seem to be getting along now and are closely working together on personnel decisions.

“We have a lot of private discussions,” Baalke told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday. “And we’ll continue to have a lot of private discussions. Our biggest chore right now is – we made it through free agency – we’re getting ready for the draft.”

Baalke said that there is no ongoing rift between himself and Harbaugh.

“Jim and I work very well together,” Baalke said. “I think a lot of that is media-driven. A lot of it is speculation. Maybe it’s the desires of others that we don’t work well together, but that’s not the case internally.”

The Cleveland Browns were reportedly close to trading for Harbaugh, but the former NFL quarterback told NFL Media’s Steve Wyche on Sunday that there was zero chance that he would leave the 49ers.

“There was zero chance of me leaving the San Francisco 49ers,” Harbaugh said. “Because I love coach my team too much. It’s a joy to coach my team. I love my players, I love our coaches and I love the organization that I serve. That story has been reported.”

In three seasons in which Harbaugh and Baalke have worked to gather, the 49ers have advanced to the NFC Championship game three times, including a trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

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