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Jim Harbaugh has signed his contract as the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. According to reports he'll receive a five-year deal worth $25 million. That's a significant raise for him but below some of the $8 million per year reports we heard he would command.
The 49ers have scheduled a press conference for 6:30 p.m. (ET) where they'll introduce Harbaugh.
This ends a long, strange week. Harbaugh's flirtation with the NFL started with the 49ers and continued when the Dolphins made a pitch to hire him before backing away. By Friday morning many were expecting Harbaugh to join Andrew Luck back at Stanford until the 49ers announcement came through Friday afternoon.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Jim Harbaugh was expected to agree to a five year contract with the San Francisco 49ers as their next head coach. The news was surprising because many reports had indicated he was leaning toward staying at Stanford along with QB Andrew Luck. Shortly after Schefter's report, the 49ers called a press conference for Friday afternoon.
That's a pretty good indication the 49ers are going to announce Harbaugh as the next head coach.
SB Nation's Niners Nation has been tracking the Harbaugh coaching situation and clearly the majority of fans want him to come on board so I imagine the 49ers are excited to announce him at this press conference.
The press conference will come at 6:30 p.m (ET). Check out Niners Nation for more on the hiring.
Now that we know Jim Harbaugh will leave Stanford to coach the San Francisco 49ers next season, it’s time for the details of his contract. According to Adam Schefter, it is a five-year deal worth a total of $25 million.
What’s somewhat surprising about the contract is that earlier in the week, the Miami Dolphins were reportedly offering Harbaugh around $7 million per year. Although that deal may not have been for the same length as the 49ers offer. It’s also worth considering that Harbaugh wanted to stay in the Bay Area, where he has coached Stanford for the last several seasons.
Harbaugh’s salary of $5 million per season is above average, but certainly not the most expensive in the NFL. New England’s Bill Belichick makes $7.5 million per year, and Washington’s Mike Shanahan and Seattle’s Pete Carroll both earn $7 million.
For much more on this, and all 49ers news, head to SB Nation’s Niners Nation.
The story of Jim Harbaugh may have come to a surprising conclussion. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Harbaugh is expected to agree to a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. By many accounts as of Friday morning, Harbaugh was leaning toward staying at Stanford.
The 49ers fired Mike Singletary this season so Harbaugh assumes head coaching duties. The 49ers also named Trent Baalke as the GM, and may be in the market for a new quarterback, so we could see a significant change to the 49ers in just one year.
Harbaugh was expected to command one of the top head coach contracts in the NFL.
Check out Niners Nation for more on the news.
The Jim Harbaugh coaching search continues. Just two days ago, Harbaugh was talking with the 49ers, and then the Dolphins swooped in the next day and only to swoop back out and with Andrew Luck announcing he will stay at Stanford, the stage is set for Harbaugh to return to Stanford. Of course, that's far from a done deal and if Harbaugh's situation has taught us anything it's not to assume.
From what we can tell, it's come down to staying at Stanford or heading to the NFL, most likely with the 49ers. Aaron Wilson of National Football Post reports Stanford has increased their offer to Harbaugh and they appear to be the favorite.
Stanford has dramatically increased its offer to coach Jim Harbaugh to try to convince him to not jump to the NFL, augmenting its latest proposal considerably, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Per a source, Harbaugh is giving their proposal "serious consideration," and Stanford has a very good chance of holding onto him.
A decision is expected soon, possibly as soon as Friday.
The Jim Harbaugh sweepstakes apparently won't include the Denver Broncos. Mike Klis of the Denver Post cites an NFL source reporting that the Broncos will not interview Harbaugh, despite some interest from new front office man John Elway. The Broncos talked about meeting with Harbaugh in Denver and when that couldn't be arranged talked about setting up a trip to the Bay Area but nothing ever materialized.
Elway reportedly told Harbaugh earlier this week that he was interested but watched as Harbaugh went on to speak with the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins. Harbaugh isn't believed to be nearing a deal with either team (and the Dolphins will keep Tony Sparano).
Harbaugh could reportedly command one of the top contracts for any NFL coach and that's likely one of the reasons the Broncos aren't expected to land him, Klis writes.
At this point, the Broncos interest in Harbaugh seems to have cooled. He would have been a tough get, anyway as the Broncos are already committed to paying at least $5 million next year to former head coaches Mike Shanahan ($3.5 million) and Josh McDaniels (settlement figure from $3.2 million that was owed) and there are reports Harbaugh's price tag is around $7 million a year.
With Andrew Luck returning to Stanford, and no other NFL teams emerging as a front-runner, it's possible Harbaugh decides to head back to college.
After furious speculation throughout the day on Thursday, Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh is reportedly out of the running for the non-vacant Miami Dolphins head coaching job. Harbaugh did meet with the Dolphins, but owner Stephen Ross decided to stay the course and keep head coach Tony Sparano on the job.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer posted the news on Twitter, which was confirmed by ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mortensen added that Harbaugh and the Miami front office had a meeting, though Ross decided to keep Sparano around.
Now that the public tango between Ross and Harbaugh is over, the Dolphins and Sparano enter the awkward phase of getting back to work as if it was business as usual. Ross was clearly looking for a head coach while Sparano was still on the job, creating an all-around weird situation for the Dolphins.
Harbaugh still has options, either within the NFL or back at Stanford. The Broncos are looking to lock him down for an interview, the San Francisco 49ers reportedly did interview him and the Oakland Raiders are also looking for a head coach. With Andrew Luck returning to Stanford for another year, he may just leave the money behind and return to Palo Alto.
The Miami Dolphins have reportedly made a late run at Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, who met with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday. Despite that meeting, the Dolphins are apparently the front-runner at this point to land Harbaugh.
Team owner Steve Ross and GM Jeff Ireland made the trip to California to speak with Harbaugh and they're reportedly willing to pay him over $7 million per year. That's enough money to have reportedly made the 49ers back off at this point.
Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News reports that "indications are that Jim Harbaugh will accept Miami's huge offer." Kawakami cautioned that it's not a done deal but signs are pointing that way. In addition to that, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports some Dolphins coaches are packing their bags in Miami on Thursday -- but not (yet) current head coach Tony Sparano.
Before the Dolphins can make any move, they need to fire Sparano and adhere to the Rooney rule. If it's well known that Harbaugh is on his way to Miami, the Rooney Rule may be an important obstacle they need to get past.
There's still a lot that can (and probably will) change but the signs right now point to Jim Harbaugh in Miami.
ESPN’s Chris Mortonson is reporting that Miami Dolphins owner and Michigan alum Steve Ross is on the West Coast right now in a bid to convince Jim Harbaugh to coach for him next year.
Ross was accompanied by general manager Jeff Ireland and former NFL executive Carl Peterson to make the pitch to Harbaugh to replace Tony Sparano as the team’s head coach, the sources said. Ross is willing to make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in the NFL, which would place his salary in the $7-to-$8-million range, the sources said, after receiving a signal from the Stanford coach that he was now willing to listen seriously to the team’s presentation.
A Dolphins spokesman claims to have no knowledge of the trip and Peter King says the Phins are already out of it.
As a Michigan alum, Ross apparently has an understanding with the University. He only decided to pursue Harbaugh once it was clear there was no interest in the UM job.
For more on the Dolphins, visit The Phinsider.
The San Francisco 49ers and Stanford Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh will meet at some point Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. The meeting is set for "an undisclosed location away from the team's training facility," whatever that means.
Though they've been mentioned for several days now as candidates in the Harbaugh race, the Niners have suddenly emerged as the front-runners. According to Tuesday reports, the team solicited Harbaugh's approval in selecting its next GM; hired Trent Baalke, one of Harbaugh's thumbs-up'd choices; and are willing to offer the coach a role in the team's personnel hierarchy.
Harbaugh had been widely expected to take over for Rich Rodriguez at Michigan, but was essentially ruled out of that before Rodriguez was even fired. Despite playing quarterback for the Wolverines while in college and growing up in Ohio, Harbaugh may have simply become a California guy during his four years at Stanford and three previous years at the Pioneer League's San Diego.
The general manager position for the 49ers reportedly came down to Trent Baalke and Mike Lombardi, with both reportedly being approved by potential head coach Jim Harbaugh. The announcement is now official, per the San Jose Mercury News, that the 49ers have promoted from within to make Trent Baalke their new general manager.
Baalke has been with the 49ers for six years and spent this past season as the vice president of player personnel. He oversaw the team's 2010 NFL Draft.
Now that a general manager has been hired, the attention will now turn to hiring a new head coach, and speculation has been that Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh is going to be the next coach for the 49ers with an announcement as early as Wednesday.
Harbaugh has also reportedly been offered a voice in team personnel decisions if he indeed does become the new Niners coach.
The San Francisco 49ers are among the passel of teams reportedly interested in the services of Stanford Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh, and they may be looking to sweeten the deal. CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco reports the Niners are willing to offer Harbaugh a role in the team’s front office.
“They are willing to give Harbaugh significant personnel power,” the source told Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday.
San Francisco doesn’t have a general manager, but either Trent Baalke or Mike Lombardi is expected to take over the role. According to Tim Kawakami, Harbaugh has “signed off on” both potential GMs. Kawakami’s source concludes, based on this news and Harbaugh’s relationships with both GM candidates, that Harbaugh will be hired as Niners coach by Wednesday.
Kawakami reports Harbaugh will meet with the 49ers Tuesday night, and that a general manager will be hired the same night.
Stanford Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh has reportedly been removed from the running for the not-yet available Michigan Wolverines head coaching job, which a reputable inside source may have just confirmed. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson quotes Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh as saying the Stanford coach won’t be going to Michigan:
John Harbaugh on Jim Harbaugh: ‘I think the Michigan thing is done now. I don’t think he’s going to have anything to do with that.’
In case your suspicions are starting to raise themselves, the two Harbaughs are indeed brothers.
Whether this means the Michigan job is no longer likely to become available, Harbaugh has decided to remain Stanford’s coach, or Harbaugh has his heart set on landing an NFL job, we’ll have to wait and see. Fans of family drama will want to root for Harbaugh to take the rumored Miami Dolphins or Denver Broncos jobs, as those would be the teams with which he’d most likely face his brother’s Ravens.
The Miami Dolphins continue to employ Tony Sparano as head coach but they're exploring other options, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. The Dolphins have had "multiple conversations" with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh about the job, La Canfora reports.
Harbaugh fits that description and, unlike some other big-name candidates, would not need to bring his own personnel people with him. Harbaugh has some ties to Ireland and likely would be more willing to work with him than he would be some of the less-established entities in the front office in Denver and San Francisco.
Sparano met with team owner Stephen Ross on Monday and it's not clear what the result of that meeting was. La Canfora reports the Dolphins could stick with Sparano but they're hoping to land a higher profile coach. A source told La Canfora the situation was "open-ended" right now.
Harbaugh is expected to be pursued by multiple teams including the University of Michigan, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers.
Check out The Phinsider to see what Dolphins fans are saying about the news.
Stanford football coach Jim Harbaugh will not be the next coach at Michigan, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press. Harbaugh is a Michigan alumni and has been rumored to be in line to replace Rich Rodriguez for the last several weeks.
With the Wolverines reportedly out of the running for Harbaugh's services, the Cardinal coach will now likely choose between staying at Stanford, or bolting for the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers are rumored to be the front-runners to land Harbaugh, should he decide to make the jump to the professional ranks.
Harbaugh may opt to stay at Stanford, however, where he's been extremely successful during his four year tenure. He took the Cardinal from 4-8 in his first season to 12-1 this year, which was capped off with an Orange Bowl victory. Harbaugh has also molded QB Andrew Luck into the No. 1 prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Jim Harbaugh is leading the Stanford Cardinal against the Virginia Tech Hokies in Monday night's Orange Bowl, just the school's second ever BCS bowl game. And it could very well be his final game as Stanford's head coach.
Harbaugh, who is 28-21 at Stanford over the past four seasons, including this year's 11-1 mark, is reportedly the top target for three teams looking for a new head coach: the Denver Broncos, the San Francisco 49ers and, assuming they fire Rich Rodriguez, the Michigan Wolverines.
According to reports, the Broncos are expected to announce this week that former quarterback John Elway will become the team's VP of football operations, with his first task to be to discuss the team's head coach opening with Harbaugh. Elway, who played his college ball at Stanford, just so happens to be serving as an honorary captain for the Cardinal at Monday night's Orange Bowl -- a special guest of Jim Harbaugh. But an inexperienced front office and a quarterback he didn't pick himself and (Tim Tebow) has some thinking Denver is a long shot.
Meanwhile, the 49ers, who fired Mike Singletary last week, are also reportedly very interested in Harbaugh, even going so far as to already reach out to him, with Jay Glazer saying that he is "clearly their first choice." Additionally, Jed York, the team president, has already said that "money is no object."
And then there's Michigan, Harbaugh's alma mater, which is seemingly ready to make a change after a 15-22 record (and just 6-18 in the Big Ten) the past three seasons under Rich Rodriguez. And as the Detroit Free Press' Michael Rosenberg points out, the NFL jobs come and go, but this could be Harbaugh's only chance to takeover at Michigan.
But, like most things, it appears the Harbaugh sweepstakes could come down to money, writes CNBC's Darren Rovell. Harbaugh currently makes a reported $1.25 million at Stanford, and while they could probably bump up his salary, he could easily leverage his way into a paycheck nearly triple that.
He has brought success to a school that has tremendous challenges thanks to the academic barrier that it imposes on itself. His alma mater is suffering and will likely have an opening. And two once powerful NFL teams, whose owners are looking to get back on top, desperately seem to want him. What's that worth? I think it's worth at least $3.3 million a year, which will equal a 164 percent annual pay raise. That number is more than Harbaugh made in 13 out of the 14 years he played in the NFL.
The Orange Bowl, likely Harbaugh's last game at Stanford, kicks off Monday night at 8:30 p.m. EST.
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