The Michigan Wolverines and head football coach Jim Harbaugh have reportedly held "productive talks on a new deal" and a "competitive offer-package has been made," according to Nick Baumgardner of The Athletic.
He added that some at the school "wonder if he's torn" about potential NFL interest and that he's "heard almost nothing to suggest Michigan hasn't met what he wants (the opposite in fact). Question remains: Where's he want to be?"
On Saturday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that Harbaugh is "watching and waiting to see whether a team with a reasonable ownership and general manager situation is interested in giving him an opportunity to continue [his] NFL career."
He added that "Harbaugh wants to get back to the Super Bowl and win it."
Granted, college football head coaches are no strangers to generating buzz that they might be on the move during contract negotiations with their current schools. It's one of the oldest tricks in the book.
But with seven head coaching vacancies at the NFL level this year—and Harbaugh finally accomplishing the goal of winning a Big Ten title after seven years at Michigan—it wouldn't be shocking to see him return to the pros.
There are a number of intriguing openings available, from the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and New York Giants. The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a perpetual rebuild but do have young quarterback Trevor Lawrence in place, though their last foray into the coaching ranks with Urban Meyer ended in unmitigated disaster.
As for Harbaugh, the 58-year-old spent four years as an NFL head coach for the San Francisco 49ers (2011-14), going 44-19-1 with three postseason berths and a Super Bowl appearance on his resume. He's also held multiple head coaching gigs at the college level at San Diego (2004-06) and Stanford (2007-10) alongside his time at Michigan.
It's pretty simple. If Harbaugh decides he wants the NFL, he'll likely become the top candidate for multiple teams. And if he doesn't, his rumored interest is going to get him a nice raise in Ann Arbor.