Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is a popular name right now. Less than two seasons after the Wolverines didn’t reach a bowl game, Harbaugh has Michigan undefeated and in prime position to make its first College Football Playoff in school history.
NFL teams are paying attention, according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.
Freeman reported earlier this week that NFL franchises are prepared to make “mega-offers” to the coach who guided the San Francisco 49ers to the 2013 Super Bowl. That doesn’t mean Harbaugh is ready to make a move back to the league, though.
Here’s more from Freeman:
“I keep hearing several teams are going to make the Michigan coach mega-offers. He won’t take them. Harbaugh isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I don’t care if he’s offered a trillion dollars, a starship and a Cuban cigar. Harbaugh. Is. Not. Leaving.
That won’t stop teams from trying.”
Harbaugh will make more than $9 million in 2016, according to USA Today, making him the highest-paid college football coach in the nation. By contrast, the highest-paid coaches in the NFL are the New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton and the Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll, both of whom will make $8 million this year.
If Harbaugh were to come to the NFL because of a “mega-offer,” it likely means that he would be the highest-paid coach by a large margin. There is no doubt why NFL teams are interested in Harbaugh.
The coach has won wherever he’s been. He reshaped Stanford’s program, leading it to a 12-1 season capped by a win in the Orange Bowl in 2011. Harbaugh then enjoyed immediate success with the 49ers, guiding them to three consecutive NFC Championship Games. Harbaugh compiled a 44-19-1 record with San Francisco before taking the head coaching job at Michigan.