The Jim Harbaugh/NFL rumors are running hot and heavy. Michigan insider John U. Bacon tossed some more grease on the fire tonight.
According to Bacon, “at least” five NFL teams have expressed interest in Harbaugh, who is finishing up his sixth season at Michigan. On Sunday, Pro Football Talk reported that Harbaugh was eyeing a potential return to the pros.
It should be noted that Bacon did not say if any of the NFL franchises actually discussed job offers with Harbaugh, merely that they showed interest.
Bacon also reported that Michigan AD Warde Manuel has talked about a contract extension with Harbaugh, whose current deal runs through the 2021 season.
The new contract would include a “lower base salary and buyout, though with good provisions to hire top assistants and large incentives for performance.”
Harbaugh can now accept, negotiate, or decline. At least five NFL teams have expressed an interest in hiring him – per usual – though not clear if any have made firm offers yet. (2/2)
— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) December 8, 2020
This season, Michigan is 2-4 heading into Saturday’s game against Ohio State. The Wolverines have not had a losing season under Harbaugh.
Despite his team’s on-field struggles this fall and his 0-5 record against the Buckeyes, Harbaugh has still shown he can procure elite talent. Michigan’s current recruiting class ranks second in the Big Ten and ninth nationally.