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Baalke downplays tension with Harbaugh

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San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke told radio station 95.7 KGMZ on Friday that any perceived tension between him and coach Jim Harbaugh is exaggerated.

"That's all overblown," Baalke said. "It's no different than it's been since Day 1. I think every relationship changes to a certain degree. But it's very professional. He's got a job to do. I've got a job to do. We try to do that together and we do it well together."

Team CEO Jed York said earlier this week that Harbaugh and Baalke often have creative tension over personnel decisions.

"It's not just the two of us," Baalke said. "There's so many people that are involved in decisions and everything else that goes on here. So many people that have been involved in the success of this organization over time. So I think people like to focus on (tension with Harbaugh), but in my opinion it's way overblown."

On Thursday, Harbaugh also downplayed any rift with Baalke by saying their relationship was "good."

Part of what spurred the story was a comment Harbaugh made about his desire to extend kicker Phil Dawson's contract. "Pay the man," he said.

Baalke said the 49ers had "brief discussions" with Dawson's agent as well as wide receiver Anquan Boldin's rep. Both players are potential free agents. Baalke said talks will get more serious after the season and he was hopeful the team would retain them.
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