Michigan Reportedly Offers Jim Harbaugh Six-Year, $48 Mil Deal
So the University of Michigan seems pretty confident that Jim Harbaugh has a real interest in coaching its football team -- even though there's no real concrete evidence of that. Must be those "sources close to the football program" we keep hearing about from Ann Arbor.
"Multiple sources" have told NBC's Mike Florio that Michigan just offered Harbaugh a six-year contract that would pay him $8 million per year. That's more than Harbaugh makes now in San Francisco, and probably more than the 49ers are willing to pay him per negotiation for a new deal.
But it may just all be leverage fodder for Harbaugh's agent. Pro Football Talk:
The leak and its origin suggest that Harbaugh’s agent hopes to use the offer as leverage in talks with interested NFL teams. If Michigan will pay $8 million per year, how much will the Raiders, Dolphins, or other interested team fork over? With the talent gap among teams as narrow as ever, a great coach can be the difference between mediocrity and a championship; great coaches at the NFL are worth far more than they currently get.
It's still hard for me to believe that Harbaugh would give up on the NFL, because A. He's already been successful in college, and B. He's come close to the ultimate prize in the NFL but has never grabbed it. His personality wouldn't let him quit on that.
And my money's still on him staying in San Francisco. Although that money is $5 in supermarket stamps.
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