The last few weeks most in the NFL and in the media expected Jim Harbaugh to pass up Michigan and the rumor mill soon began to swirl around Jim Harbaugh going across the Bay Area Bridge and coaching the Oakland Raiders. Not so fast, in recent days at least one person familiar with his thinking said he was at least “considering it.”
Michigan has made a six-year, $49 million offer to Harbaugh. The offer was earlier reported by CBS5 in Arizona. That offer would make Harbaugh the highest-paid college football coach, surpassing Alabama’s Nick Saban by more than $1.21 million. He would bring in $8.17 million per season.
Another person close to the process told ESPN that while it was possible Harbaugh could wind up at Michigan, “it was not likely”. Harbaugh will not make any decision until after the 49ers season is done in two week, they will more than likely miss the playoffs so the San Francisco 49ers could announce before the end of the year that Jim Harbaugh is being let go as headcoach.
If Jim Harbaugh wishes to stay in the NFL he will have a few options. Oakland Raiders would be close to his home but he will also have a choice likely between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Chicago Bear, with more teams likely to fire head coaches the list will likely only grow as we enter the final two weeks of the regular season in the NFL.