Jim Harbaugh, after leading the Michigan Wolverines to significant success, is reportedly leaving to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. His departure comes after guiding the Wolverines to their first outright national title since 1948, concluding a tenure that boasted a remarkable 89-25 record over nine seasons, including three consecutive conference championships and the 2023 national title.

Salary at Los Angeles Chargers

Negotiations and Agreement

Negotiations between Harbaugh and the Chargers have reportedly passed the salary stage, suggesting a close to the deal. While exact figures are not disclosed, sources indicate that Harbaugh’s salary will exceed the $12.5 million per year offered by the University of Michigan. However, it falls short of the $18 million per season initially discussed. This salary puts Harbaugh in a competitive range with top NFL coaches, reflecting the high expectations and potential impact he is expected to bring to the Chargers.


The move to the Chargers is significant for both Harbaugh and the NFL, marking a return to the league where he previously coached the San Francisco 49ers. The Chargers, by securing Harbaugh, are making a statement of intent, aiming to elevate their brand and competitiveness in the NFL.

Coaching career

Jim Harbaugh, born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1963, has had a distinguished coaching career. After an illustrious playing career, he transitioned into coaching, beginning as an unpaid assistant at Western Kentucky University while still playing in the NFL. Harbaugh’s first major coaching role was at the University of San Diego, where he led the team to consecutive Pioneer League championships.

He then moved to Stanford University, transforming the football program and leading them to an Orange Bowl victory in 2010. His success at Stanford led to his appointment as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL, where he made significant impacts, including leading the team to three NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl appearance. Harbaugh was named NFL’s Coach of the Year in 2011.

In 2015, Harbaugh took the helm at the University of Michigan, his alma mater, where he achieved notable success, including College Football Playoff berths and winning the National Championship in 2024.