If the Vikings were to hire Jim Harbaugh, they wouldn't have to pay that big of a buyout.
Per Chris Tomasson, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Harbaugh's buyout is only $1.5 million.
That's a lot lower than what some other coaches in college football have. Per ProFootballTalk, Matt Rhule's buyout from Baylor was $6 million two years ago and David Tepper had to pay it to get him to Carolina.
Harbaugh interviewed with the Vikings on Saturday for their head-coaching position and it's still unknown if Harbaugh is serious enough about leaving Michigan.
After all, he just led the Wolverines to their first Big Ten Championship since 2003 and their first berth in the College Football Playoff. They also finally beat the Ohio State Buckeyes for the first time since 2011.
In seven seasons in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh has a 61-24 record. This could be about getting leverage for a new contract extension after this past season.
If Harbaugh does jump for the NFL, it would be the first time he's coached in it since 2014 while he was in San Francisco.
This situation should be closely monitored as the Vikings continue their search.