According to FOX Sport 1 insider Jay Glazer, the 49ers are expected to end their relationship with Harbaugh within 24-48 hours after the regular season ends. This report came a day after the 49ers lost to San Diego, 38-35, in OT on Saturday.
Galzer’s report, however, doesn’t indicate whether the 49ers will choose to release Harbaugh or look to trade him to another NFL franchise.
With the 49ers making such a prompt decision: does this open the door wider for Harbaugh to Michigan?
Maybe or maybe not.
Harbaugh, who quarterbacked the Wolverines from 1983-86, has been reportedly offered a six-year deal for $49 million to coach U-M last week (the length of the offer has since been challenged by multiple reports). But will also get considerable interest from NFL franchises, including the Chicago Bears, who have join the list of teams interested in Harbaugh, Glazer reports.
NFL or Michigan?
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported the Michigan offer has Harbaugh torn between the NFL and his alma mater.
"He is conflicted about Michigan," Rapoport said Saturday on NFL Network's NFL Total Access. "He is a little surprised, talking to people close to him, about how hard the Maize and Blue have pulled at him. But he also knows he wants to be an NFL coach. He does not want to leave the area and the Oakland Raiders do seem to be the top suitor for him."
Per his Twitter account, Rapoport reported that Harbaugh "hasn't had any face-to-face talks with Michigan officials," with all interactions coming through back channel mediators.
CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Confora reported that Harbaugh is more “likely” to stay in the NFL and could use Michigan’s interest only to increases his leverage when dealing with other NFL teams.
Currently, Harbaugh still has one year left on his five-year deal, which pays him $5 million annually. And La Confora reports Harbaugh is looking for $8 million annually, which what the Wolverines reportedly offered.
La Confora also reports that other possible NFL candidates have emerged for Michigan incase Harbaugh chooses to stay in the NFL. The list includes New Orleans' Sean Payton, Buffalo's Doug Marrone and Dallas' Jason Garrett, who is expected to sign an extension with the Cowboys’ this off-season.
The 49ers season ends on Dec. 28. And Harbaugh has yet to talk about the Michigan job publicly. On Friday, he detoured the latest Michigan job offer question.
“As you know, I only talk about the job that I have,” Harbaugh said.
A job, it seems, he will have for only a little bit longer.