Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh is no longer on the Miami Dolphins’ radar.
According Rapoport, Harbaugh’s wife wants to remain in the Bay Area, which could be seen as a good sign for the Raiders in the event that he’s not back with the 49ers next year.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is reprtedly more interested in Harbaugh taking over as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines than running the Dolphins.
Interestingly enough, Rapoport adds that the Dolphins are “unlikely” to part ways with HC Joe Philbin next year.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported that it “would be an upset” Harbaugh is back with the 49ers next season.
“There’s still a lot of season left now, and things always could change,” Schefter wrote. “But it feels like there is a lot of strain, a lot of uncertainty and my belief is it would be an upset if Harbaugh is back next season.”
Schefter added that there is still a chance that Harbaugh could finish out his contract with the 49ers, but he’s not counting on it as of now.
“The fact that San Francisco even listened to dealing him last offseason, and Harbaugh preferred not to sign an extension with them before this season, tells me that both sides are open to moving on from one another,” Schefter writes.
However, 49ers CEO Jed York has said publicly that the reported issues between Harbaugh and the team have been overblown. On top of that, York reiterated his desire to sign Harbaugh to a long-term extension.
There has been turmoil surrounding Harbaugh’s future with the team for a while now, which has led to speculation that the two sides could part ways before his contract is up.
Harbaugh is in the fourth year of a five-year, $25 million contract, but the two sides have agreed to table talks regarding a potential extension until after the season.
Harbaugh’s contract and future with the 49ers figure to be popular topics throughout the offseason. We’ll have more updates as the news is available.