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Jim Harbaugh Not Expected To Interview With Denver Broncos

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.