Is Jim Harbaugh approaching the conclusion of his tenure as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines? Signs from his recent choice of representation suggest that the answer may be affirmative.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reveals that Harbaugh has enlisted agent Don Yee to represent him. Yee, known for representing prominent figures like Tom Brady and Sean Payton, boasts extensive ties to the NFL.
Harbaugh, currently in his ninth season coaching at his alma mater, reportedly has an extension offer from Michigan on the table. However, he has yet to sign it, and the proposed deal comes with a significant condition.
Sources indicate that Michigan has proposed a 10-year, $125-million contract extension for Harbaugh, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in college football. However, the catch is NFL-related. If Harbaugh were to sign the deal (which he hasn’t done yet), he would agree not to consider or accept an NFL job for the 2024 season. While the NFL clause is for one season only, it seems to have prolonged the decision-making process.
Harbaugh, who previously guided the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2013, has flirted with the idea of returning to the NFL on multiple occasions. Despite past opportunities, he has consistently chosen to remain at his alma mater. This time, however, the situation appears less certain.
With the undefeated Wolverines set to face 12-1 Alabama in the Rose Bowl, a College Football Playoff semifinal, on Monday, Harbaugh, now 60 years old, may view this as one of his last chances to explore coaching in the NFL. The outcome of the college playoff could potentially influence Harbaugh’s future decisions.