With an opening in Green Bay, would Jim Harbaugh really consider leaving Michigan to return to the NFL and coach Aaron Rodgers and the Packers?
Cris Carter has lost his mind if he thinks Jim Harbaugh is going to leave Michigan now that Urban Meyer has retired from Ohio State.
Carter said on Wednesday’s episode of First Things First on FSI that he’s heard from sources who think Harbaugh is trying to get out of Michigan and return to the NFL and he’s got his eyes on the openings in Green Bay and Cleveland.
“Watch out for Jim Harbaugh. Because Jim Harbaugh potentially is trying to get his way out of Michigan. Alright, I’ve got good sources that are telling me not only Green Bay, but also watch out for the Cleveland Browns. He likes the quarterback situations there, and I believe that there is front office people in Green Bay who are enamored with Jim Harbaugh and potentially trying to get him to come to Green Bay.”
Sure, coaching Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay would be a nice situation and the Browns have a young quarterback in Baker Mayfield and a lot of cap space to spend on talented free agents. The Browns job pales in comparison to the Packers, but both pale in comparison to the job Harbaugh currently enjoys.
Harbaugh is loving coaching at his alma mater where he is neighbors with his parents who get to be close and spend time with their grandkids. Plus, with Urban Meyer retiring from Ohio State, the path to a Big Ten championship just had a big roadblock removed. It’s just the perfect scenario for Harbaugh and he’s not going to destroy that to chase a Super Bowl.
Carter, a former Ohio State wide receiver, could be doing some fantastic negative recruiting the day after Meyer retired. This could be wishful thinking on his part because with Meyer no longer in Columbus, there will be no greater chance for Harbaugh to finally bring Michigan to the top of the Big Ten with him gone.
This has become an annual tradition when jobs open or are projected to be open and speculating about whether this is the job that lures Harbaugh out of Ann Arbor. But the reality is there may be no NFL job that ever does that.