Jim Harbaugh rumors: If Raiders offer job to the Michigan head coach, ‘he’d take it’

Jim Harbaugh might not stay in Michigan after all…?

The Michigan coach is interested in the head coaching job with the Raiders, where he initially began his career in 2003. According to the athleticBruce Feldman of Bruce Feldman, “multiple sources” within Michigan football believe that if Harbaugh were offered the job in Las Vegas, he would take it.

“They also know that Harbaugh can be hard to read,” by Feldman. “Their hunches might be wrong, but they also know that he never trained anywhere for more than four years prior to his seven-year-old racing in Ann Arbor. Every one of them believed that he would, at some point, want to train anywhere again.” the NFL.”

On the other hand, Athletic also published a report Wednesday with conflicting information about Harbaugh’s future with Michigan. The Big Ten school reportedly discussed an incentive-based deal.

However, these situations can be very fluid. If Harbaugh isn’t tempted to go to the NFL, it would make sense for Michigan’s head coach to sign a new deal. This offseason, the salary scale for college football head coaches took a stratospheric jump as Mel Tucker, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly signed contracts worth more than $100 million each at Michigan State, USC and LSU, respectively.

Harbaugh is currently under contract with the Wolverines through 2025 after signing an extension in January 2021. He made $4 million in base salary in 2021, but after a college football playoff semifinal appearance and the change in salaries Of the top coaches, Harbaugh has plenty of bargaining power.

“If Harbaugh has a similar year to the one that just ended, he would get his future annual salary higher than the $8 million number he originally had,” an anonymous source said. the athletic. “If he helps Michigan win a national title, the incentives could push his annual income into the eight figures.”

After reaching the college football playoff and defeating Ohio State for the program’s first Big Ten title in 17 years, Harbaugh’s stock is at an all-time high, which he joked about during a Zoom call with reporters. before Paul “Bear” Bryant’s trainer. Awards ceremony of the year on Wednesday, January 13.

Time will tell what Harbaugh will do and it sounds like your guess is as good as anyone’s at this point.