Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that multiple NFL teams have at least doing their homework on Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh in the event he leaves his current job.
Garafolo admits that it doesn’t mean Harbaugh won’t be back with Michigan or that he’ll be hired by an NFL team. However, it’s at least something to monitor in the coming weeks.
A few weeks ago, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that Harbaugh is believed to be eyeing a return to the NFL as a head coach, as his tenure at Michigan is souring.
Florio added that there are NFL teams doing their homework on Harbaugh to see if he’s an option.
Harbaugh’s name has come up in coaching rumors for a few years now, but things haven’t gone so well for his Michigan teams in recent years to the point where some have wondered whether there will be any interest in him from NFL teams.
Harbaugh, 56, signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with Michigan that includes 10 percent increases after the third and fifth year of his contract and a $2 million signing bonus. He also receives incentive bonuses for Big Ten championships, bowl appearances, coaching awards and team academic performance.
During his four years with the 49ers, he led them to a record of 44-19-1 (69.5 percent), which included three playoff appearances and an NFC Championship.
At Michigan, Harbaugh’s teams have produced a record of 49-22 (69 percent).