Jim Harbaugh is in the middle of 49ers, Dolphins bidding war
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.
| January 6, 2011; 12:43 PM ET
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