Harbaugh says contract talks “on the back burner”

There’s little doubt that John Harbaugh will receive a contract extension.

Hey, the Ravens’ head coach has now led his team to the playoffs in his first three seasons, making him one of four head coaches ever to accomplish that feat.

Harbaugh only has one year left on his current deal, set to expire after the 2011 season. It’s rare for a successful head coach to go into the final year of his contract without an extension in place (such a situation is referred to as a “lame-duck” season), and it might be natural for Harbaugh to wonder when his extension will come, given the success that he’s had in Baltimore.

But Harbaugh said yesterday that his contract status is not something he’s concerned with at this point.

“That is so far from my mind right now, and people just kind of say, ‘How can that be?’” Harbaugh said. “Because there’s no time for that, and the organization - talking to Steve [Bisciotti] and Dick [Cass] and Ozzie [Newsome] - that’s on the back burner. We agreed that would be on the back burner until after the season way back a long time ago.

“So, we’ll just figure it out when the time comes. Right now, we’ve got too much work to do.”

ESPN reported over the weekend that Harbaugh has already begun talks with the Ravens about an extension, but that report has been shot down by those inside and outside the organization.

Harbaugh will have to wait on an extension for now, but that appears to be fine with him. He’s got bigger fish to fry at this point, and will certainly get his contract taken care of sometime shortly after the season ends.

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