Updated 04:28 PM EST, Tue, Jan 18, 2022

Jim Harbaugh Trade Rumors: San Francisco 49ers Coach to Raiders or Jets?

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The San Francisco 49ers are now mulling a trade deal to let go of current head coach Jim Harbaugh, according to reports that began surfacing after a Thanksgiving Day defeat to the Seattle Seahawks.

After nearly completing a trade with the Cleveland Browns in February -- for two third-round draft picks -- the team will be exploring possible tradeoffs in the coming offseason, Sports World News said, adding that the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets might come forward to bite the deal.

San Francisco went 7-5, or eighth in the conference, after the bout with the Seahawks, and to make the playoffs, they need at least three wins in their last four games, the report said. Despite the poor 19-3 turnout in their Thanksgiving game, the team is still believed to be capable of ending up as the winners.

The International Business Times said that Harbaugh's next season will hang heavily on whether or not the San Francisco team will reach the playoffs.

According to Sports World News, Harbaugh, after this season, has one more year in a contract that pays him roughly $5 million a season. An extension will be offered if the team secures a berth in the playoffs, but he had turned down offers and the management is not finding ways to change his mind until after the games, the report added.

The team may be on an uphill battle in the game on many levels right now, said ESPN Go, agreeing that the head coach will sell well in the trade universe. Citing anonymous sources, it even said that the Raiders might land him.

The Raiders have fired Dennis Allen in September after the team performed poorly, the International Business Times said. They put Tony Sparano in his place temporarily, but he was not able to stop the losing streak until after 10 loses, ended by a win against the Kansas City Chiefs recently.

If the trade pushes through in the team's favor, IBT added, Harbaugh would be their fifth full-time head coach in the last seven years, a rather fast succession.

In the 49ers, Harbaugh has done well. The International Business Times said that the coach has given the 49ers three consecutive NFC Championship games since 2011. Despite that, reports have pointed to a problematic relationship between Harbaughn and general manager Trent Baalke.

Pro Football Talk said: "...[I]t's possible that, if multiple teams opt to pursue Harbaugh, the 49ers could get more that what they would have gotten from the Browns, if Harbaugh had decided to leave the Bay Area."

The report detailed that what kept him with the 49ers despite the offers was his wife's insistence that they stay in the Bay Area.

The report said, citing an unnamed source, that the head coach would "love" to return to the Raiders, with whom he began coaching the quarterbacks in 2002 and 2003.


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