49ers Close To Landing Former Bear Harbaugh
Hearing 5 years for $25 million... seems about just enough to move to San Fran.
The San Francisco 49ers finally landed Jim Harbaugh after a week of speculation, a source close to the coach told NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi.
NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi reports that the San Francisco 49ers have hired former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.
The 49ers have scheduled a 6:30 p.m. ET news conference at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The team wouldn't say what will be announced.
Harbaugh, at Stanford since 2007, is set to coach a 49ers team that tumbled to a 6-10 record this season. His five-year contract will average $5 million per season, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
This season, Harbaugh, 47, led the Cardinal to a program-best 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.
Harbaugh is 58-27 overall as a college coach and 29-21 in four seasons at Stanford. He took over a 1-11 Cardinal team when he was hired in December 2006 and quickly turned the program into a winner and bowl contender.
Harbaugh, who played 15 seasons in the NFL, was the Oakland Raiders' quarterbacks coach from 2002 to 2003 before spending three seasons as head coach at the University of San Diego.
Harbaugh's brother, John, is the coach of the Baltimore Ravens, who are in the playoffs as a wild-card team this season.
The 49ers were seeking a new coach after they fired Mike Singletary the week before the season finale. Jim Tomsula, the defensive line coach, was promoted to interim coach for the one game, a 38-7 home victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.