SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh spoke with Bay Area reporters Sunday morning. Here’s what he said about Tarell Brown.
Q: It must have been tough for Tarell Brown the past couple of days. Have you noticed anything on the field? Is he still focused and ready?
HARBAUGH: Yeah, on the field he’s been very good. You feel for him. That’s a real torpedo. But he’s been very professional. The thing I think for all of us is finding the solution. There’s a solution there and I assume if we all put our minds together and come up with the right plan, this will hopefully get to the point where we’ll chuckle about that. That’s what I’d like to see.
Q: Did your heart sink when you heard about it?
HARBAUGH: Yeah, most definitely. That’s a tough situation.
Q: Could this be an opportunity to work out an extension with Tarell?
HARBAUGH: I don’t want to break a long-standing policy not to discuss contracts in the media – I don’t think it’s in anybody’s best interest to do that – but this maybe is an exception to the rule. I just think that there’s a solution there. Don’t know that it’s any one particular thing, but we’ll explore all of those options and find the solution. It’s there, we’ve just got to do some thinking and do some work. We’re very motivated to do that because he deserves it, he’s earned it. I don’t want to see him playing for the minimum when he’s a starting, top-end player.
Q: Are you comfortable with the way the organization upstairs handled it?
HARBAUGH: Comfortable is a confusing word. I just think it was an unfortunate situation. I feel confident knowing that the people who were involved, had they known anything then we would have brought that to attention. And that’s the same with everybody involved. Unfortunately, nobody caught it and that threw a real torpedo nobody really wanted to see happen. And now, let’s get the solution and solve the problem.
Q: Will you be involved in those talks to find a solution?
HARBAUGH: Again, not going to talk about it. But yeah, I’d like to be a part of the solution. Absolutely. I think I can break my policy by saying that.