Michigan Offers Jim Harbaugh a 6-Year Contract

Is Jim Harbaugh headed to Michigan? The 49ers coach has been offered a 6-year deal for the Wolverines' vacant job. (Getty)

Is Jim Harbaugh headed to Michigan? The 49ers coach has been offered a 6-year deal for the Wolverines’ vacant job. (Getty)

Jim Harbaugh has been offered a 6-year contract to become the next head coach of Michigan, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Joe Pequeno of CBS 5 in Phoenix has the contract worth $49 million, while NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted it was for $48 million.

Either way, at $8 million or plus per season, it would make Harbaugh the highest-paid college coach, surpassing Alabama’s Nick Saban.

According to this story from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Harbaugh is “considering” the offer.

Michigan is looking for a new head coach after firing Brady Hoke earlier this month.

After the 2010 season, Harbaugh, then the Stanford coach, was courted by Michigan but instead chose to jump to the NFL with the 49ers.

Harbaugh is in the 4th year of the 5-year, $25 million contract he signed with San Francisco when he was hired in January 2011. Earlier this season, it was being reported Harbaugh was losing the locker room.

San Francisco was knocked out of the NFC playoffs after last weekend’s 17-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Harbaugh is 43-18-1 with the Niners. His team made Super Bowl XLVII, but fell 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens, who are coached by Jim’s older brother, John.

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