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Report: Jim Harbaugh Will Not Be Heading Back To The NFL In 2017

Jim Harbaugh walking off the football field after a Michigan game in the snow.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leaves the field after playing the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 20-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Speculation about Jim Harbaugh taking an NFL job has raged on since the minute he left the 49ers and took over at Michigan. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that he will not make that move ahead of next season, though.

According to ProFootballTalk, Rapoport reports that when Harbaugh says he is not going anywhere, he means it, at least as far as the 2017 season goes.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh already has declared, in colorful fashion, that he won’t be returning to the NFL in 2017. But given the whole “not going to be the Alabama coach” thing, it’s still risky to take anything he says at face value.

In this case, the denial is the truth, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Rapoport says that Harbaugh won’t be returning to the NFL in 2017, but that he eventually could be back.

That doesn't mean that Harbaugh will never make the jump back into the pro ranks. Rapoport believes the Chicago Bears are a team to watch in the future, while PFT's Mike Florio believes the Indianapolis Colts, where Harbaugh played and his former quarterback Andrew Luck currently stars, would be an attractive option as well. Back in September, Harbaugh said if he had to start an NFL team with any quarterback, it would be Luck.

As long as Harbaugh is at Michigan, Wolverine fans will have to deal with these reports, but as of now, it looks like he is all maize and blue for the foreseeable future.

[ProFootballTalk]