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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Jim Harbaugh is in the middle of 49ers, Dolphins bidding war

By Cindy Boren

For a change, it's fascinating to watch an NFL bidding war that does not involve the Washington Redskins.

That's what reportedly is taking place in San Francisco, where Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh is being wined, dined, wooed and pursued by the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins.

Never mind that Miami still has a coach and has not yet complied with the Rooney Rule, Stephen Ross is in it to win it. There are reports he's willing to make Harbaugh, who has no experience as an NFL coach, the league's highest-paid by tossing $7 million-to-$8 million a year. (No state income tax in Florida! The other owners gonna love what Stephen Ross has done to the pay scale. And the NFL Players Association is really going to want to see the owners' books.)

San Francisco's position? "Money is no object," 49ers President Jed York said the day after Christmas. "I mean, our object is to win the Super Bowl year in and year out. We're going to make sure we get this right."

Meanwhile, Tony Sparano still holds the title of Dolphins coach and may still hold it when all this ends. ESPN reported that Dolphins coaches were packing up today, but not Sparano. The Niners, though, reportedly aren't taking their convenient proximity to Stanford for granted. They reportedly had initial talks with former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on Wednesday night.

By Cindy Boren  | January 6, 2011; 12:43 PM ET
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Comments

What will Cowher and Gruden be worth when they decide to go back to the NFL? What about Belicheck and Tomlin when their contracts are over? If Fat Albert can get a $100,000,000 and NOT play worth a damn I guess it is OK to pay the Head Coach $7,000,000.00!

Posted by: rdstr93 | January 6, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

What will Cowher and Gruden be worth when they decide to go back to the NFL? What about Belicheck and Tomlin when their contracts are over? If Fat Albert can get a $100,000,000 and NOT play worth a damn I guess it is OK to pay the Head Coach $7,000,000.00!

Posted by: rdstr93
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Haynesworth didn't get a 100 million dollars. He is guaranteed about $40 million dollars. The rest he will not receive if/when the Skins cut him. Coaches on the other hand are pretty much guaranteed just about every penny of their salary even when fired.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | January 6, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

There is an interesting angle on this -- avoiding high tax states in favor of low tax states. That could very well tip the scales for Harbaugh leaving California.

Posted by: ooyah32 | January 6, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

There is an interesting angle on this -- avoiding high tax states in favor of low tax states. That could very well tip the scales for Harbaugh leaving California.

Posted by: ooyah32 | January 6, 2011 5:16 PM========================================

Where personal income tax, sales tax, etc are exceedingly punitive.

However, if I were Jed I would just say see your 7 mil and then raise the ante to negate the tax difference. Remember, money is no object.

Heck, may the Dorks will give Jim the niners as compensation because after all, money is no object.

Posted by: krankyman | January 6, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

With that kind of money, he could buy a place in Florida, claim that as his residence, and avoid the CA tax issue - AND stay out of that slimy South Florida gangland.

Posted by: pjohn2 | January 6, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I understand Montana is leaning on Harbaugh.

Not the state, the Joe. Can you sing "California, Here I Come . . . ?"

Posted by: Pangraz | January 6, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds that impetuous Dan Snyder has his plane flying around the country trying to find Harbaugh for an interview?

Posted by: randysbailin | January 6, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Uh . . . I think Harbaugh's too smart for that. Snyder specializes in expensive has-beens. Harbaugh has a future.

Posted by: Pangraz | January 6, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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