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Thursday, January 23, 2014
The next big thing: 49ers

By Bill Williamson

The 49ers are just settling into their offseason.

San Francisco has advanced to the NFC Championship Game in all three seasons under coach Jim Harbaugh. They have lost twice, and advanced to the Super Bowl last season. Moving forward, the objective will be winning a Super Bowl.

Because this team has a big window, the next big thing for the 49ers is securing their long-term health. That means extending the contracts of Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick this year. Harbaugh has two years left on his deal and Kaepernick has one year, although he can be franchised after that.

Both Harbaugh and Kaepernick are going to be among the highest-paid men in their respective roles in the NFL. While the talks aren't likely to be simple, both deals will likely get done, and it’s a focal point of the offseason.