The Oakland Raiders are reportedly the favorites to trade for San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The New York Jets are also "keeping a close eye on the situation."
Harbaugh has faced questions about his future in San Francisco for much of the season. Earlier this month, 49ers legend Jerry Rice said he thought Harbaugh would be "gone" next season. Harbaugh has also been linked to the Miami Dolphins.
A departure from the 49ers is not yet a certainty, as 49ers CEO Jed York denied in October reports that claimed there was "no way" Harbaugh would return in 2015.
At 7-5, the 49ers are third in the NFC West but only a game out of the playoff race. San Francisco lost 19-3 to the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving and plays the Raiders in Week 14.
Harbaugh, 50, has led San Francisco to three NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl berth over his four seasons as head coach. This year is the fourth year in his five-year contract, which carries a base of $5 million per year.
Oakland (1-11) fired head coach Dennis Allen in September after losing its first four games. Offensive line coach Tony Sparano was promoted to interim head coach.
The Jets (2-9) are last in the AFC East. Head coach Rex Ryan has faced similar pressure this season, as reports surfaced earlier this week that Ryan has known all season that the Jets plan to fire him after this year. Ryan is in his sixth season as Jets coach and has compiled a 44-47 record.
- Mike Fiammetta