Raiders are favorites to trade for Jim Harbaugh, per report
The 49ers’ head coach looks more and more likely to be coaching somewhere else next season.
San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh has been the subject of rumors for most of 2014. At this point, Harbaugh leaving the 49ers by trade looks more and more likely, and the Oakland Raiders are the top destination, according to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora.
Michigan, where Harbaugh played quarterback in the 80s, was reported as a possibility several days ago. However, because of family ties to outgoing coach Brady Hoke and an interest to remain in the NFL, that option is not likely to happen.
The Raiders are willing to use draft picks and money to bring in Harbaugh — who has one year remaining on his current deal — as their new head coach. The 49ers do not want to trade Harbaugh to a team in the conference, and while Oakland sharing a media market isn’t ideal, the Raiders may offer more and be the best option.
Harbaugh, 50, has coached the 49ers since 2011 after four years with Stanford. Pro Football Talk reported he was nearly traded to Cleveland in February, but other outlets and the 49ers team president deny that.