Hang onto your butts — Jim Harbaugh to the NFL may actually happen.
The Michigan football head coach has been entertaining the Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Falcons with the former garnering the lion’s share of interest. The Chargers are bringing Harbaugh in for a second interview, and while there are other second interviews expected to happen, there are reports coalescing that indicate that the nine-year Wolverines coach could in fact defect to the NFL.
According to “The Insiders” on NFL+, the Chargers are within “striking distance” of signing Harbaugh.
“My understanding is that this is an extremely strong offer that they have made to him financially,” Mike Garafolo said. “They’re now in the point where they’re going to discuss staffing when it comes to the general manager and, obviously, the coaching staff who is going to work alongside Harbaugh, as well.
“This feels like advancing to the point where if everybody’s comfortable with a lot of the principal factors at play, this team could move on Jim Harbaugh and try to get him under contract here in the near future.”
The On3 writeup was influenced by Aaron Wilson, a Houston Texans reporter, who appears to have some inside information on who Harbaugh would be hiring if he were to depart Ann Arbor for the NFL.
How might a potential Jim Harbaugh @CoachJim4UM staff look should he be offered and accept #Chargers job? Per league sources, offensive coordinator could be Greg Roman, defensive coordinator Jesse Minter and special teams coordinator Jay Harbaugh, Jim’s son @KPRC2
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 23, 2024
As we’ve said, an offer has to actually be given and Harbaugh would have to accept. But if these reports are accurate, it does look like those could be forthcoming.
However, that also appeared to be the case in 2021 when Harbaugh met with the Minnesota Vikings, but an offer did not surface and Harbaugh returned to Michigan for two more years. And Harbaugh flirted heavily with the Denver Broncos (it’s unclear that there was an offer there, but there are some who believe there was) and still returned.
Should Harbaugh leave, there likely will not be a head coaching search, as Michigan football would likely move quickly to name offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore as the new head coach.