According to Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly, the Chicago Bears had a "brief phone conversation" with Harbaugh recently. The Bears are one of eight NFL teams currently looking for a head coach - and Harbaugh has prior ties to the team.
Harbaugh was a first-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 1987. He went on to start 65 games for them, and even led them to the playoffs.
But judging by the use of the word "brief," it doesn't sound like there's a reunion happening anytime soon. Picking up the phone at all might have been more of a courtesy to his former team than any real interest in coaching them.
Jim Harbaugh is coming off a historic season with the Wolverines that saw them beat the rival Ohio State Buckeyes for the first time in a decade, followed by their first-ever Big Ten title win. Their season ended on a sour note in a blowout loss to Georgia in the College Football Playoff.
After the year he just had, Harbaugh seems closer than ever to restoring Michigan to the glory of the Lloyd Carr days. It would be rather eye-raising for him to suddenly jump ship and return to the NFL.
And the Bears aren't exactly a prime destination these days either. Since firing Lovie Smith in 2012, the Bears have had three head coaches, one winning season and two playoff appearances.
Their prospects for this coming year aren't incredible with no first-round draft pick and a lot of roster holes to fill.
Will we see Jim Harbaugh return to the NFL this year?