According to college football insider Bruce Feldman, sources inside the Michigan program believe Jim Harbaugh would leave Ann Arbor if the Raiders offered him a position. He is already a favorite on the Las Vegas Raiders' head coaching list, but less substantial rumors have also swirled around the Bears. I think the connections he has to Vegas and the possibilities remove him from the Chicago conversation. Additionally, I believe Chicago Bears fans can shut up about Harbaugh coming to the organization.
Harbaugh has plenty of connections to the Raiders and Las Vegas, so Feldman's report makes sense. He started his coaching career with the Raiders in 2003 as a quarterbacks coach. Jim also met his wife in Las Vegas. Additionally, he has a relationship with the Raiders owner Mark Davis. Since the Raiders recently fired their GM Mike Mayock, Davis' personal connection to Harbaugh could be fueling his hiring decisions.
Jim Harbaugh in Michigan
Despite signing with Michigan through 2025, albeit with a pay cut, Harbaugh has already expressed interest in returning to the NFL. He briefly spoke with the Chicago Bears and likely nothing will come from that. Although, nothing can be completely ruled out.
I believe that Harbaugh is happy in Michigan. Obviously, except for the 2021 recent season that produced the Wolverines' only playoff appearance, the results aren't there. But Jim Harbaugh has completely reshaped the Michigan football program and starting over in the NFL is a tough task. He is beloved in Michigan and his ability to recruit is top-notch. The right NFL situation would have to present itself to pry Harbaugh away from Michigan.
Sure, Harbaugh has a history with the Chicago Bears. But the McCaskey family has proven for years that they don't know how to run an NFL organization. The mess the Bears created themselves makes it difficult for any coach to join the organization. Harbaugh has head coaching experience in the NFL and knows how to win, allegedly. But if there is that much uncertainty with the Bears, why would he come to Chicago and face the intense scrutiny that comes with the territory? Harbaugh to the Raiders makes way more sense.