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Jim Harbaugh has interest from 5 NFL teams, has discussed extension with Michigan

There’s been speculation that Jim Harbaugh could soon be out as the Michigan Wolverines head football coach. Currently in his sixth season in that role, Harbaugh has failed to lead the program to national prominence.

Some of this speculation has included a potential return to the NFL, where Harbaugh led the San Francisco 49ers to three NFC Championship Game appearances in four seasons.

We now have some more information on this, and it’s rather interesting stuff. Not only could Harbaugh return to Michigan, he’s been engaged in extension talks with athletic director Warde Manuel.

Jim Harbaugh talking extension with Michigan

This piece of information comes to us via John U. Bacon, a New York Times best-selling author with connections around the college sports world.

Whether Jim Harbaugh would accept a lower base salary with more incentives remains to be seen. He’s certainly a fickle personality.

Harbaugh’s base salary is currently $7 million per season, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the nation.

Jim Harbaugh currently has Michigan at 2-4 on the season with a huge game looming against the rival Ohio State Buckeyes. He has yet to beat Ohio State since being hired by Michigan back in 2015.

All of this comes with Harbaugh having posted a mediocre 49-22 record as the Wolverines’ head coach while losing three consecutive bowl games. It also comes amid speculation that Harbaugh could return to the NFL next season.

5 NFL teams express interest in Jim Harbaugh

Could Michigan Wolverines HC Jim Harbaugh return to NFL?
Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh (right) leads his team onto the field prior to the 2020 VRBO Citrus Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

A report later from Mr. Bacon indicated that at least five NFL teams are interested in hiring Harbaugh as their next head coach.

This is interesting in that there’s currently only three head-coaching vacancies in that of the Falcons, Lions and Texans. At the very least, all three have interim head coaches right now. It was also previously reported that interest in Harbaugh at the NFL level wasn’t high.

As for where Jim Harbaugh might land should he transition back to the NFL, the Detroit Lions make some sense. They just recently fired Matt Patricia. Harbaugh went to school in Michigan. There’s a link here.

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Speculation as it relates to Jim Harbaugh and his future will continue to heat up as the 2020 NFL regular season draws to a conclusion. Among the potential head-coaching vacancies yet to be made official, the New York Jets and Chicago Bears could also make some sense.

Heck, it would be a blast to see Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert work with Harbaugh.

For now, the old ball coach still has one more season remaining on his current deal. Whether that means a premature divorce from Michigan remains to be seen.