Jim Harbaugh unlikely to allow team to trade draft picks for him
With a new report surfacing almost every day about Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers parting ways after the season, there has been some speculation that the Niners could trade Harbaugh to another NFL team like the Oakland Raiders or New York Jets. There are several reasons why that probably won’t happen.
According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, multiple NFL general managers believe the “price” for Harbaugh would be two second-round and two third-round draft picks. Pretty steep, right?
Here’s the problem. Why would Harbaugh want to coach a team like the Raiders or Jets — two obvious rebuilding projects — if they’re giving up several high draft picks? He wouldn’t, which is why he would likely do everything in his power to make sure his new employer didn’t give up major assets just to get him.
As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes, Harbaugh doesn’t have to accept a trade to another NFL team. It’s not like trading a player. Instead, he would likely tell the 49ers that he is still willing to coach the team in 2015 and will honor his contract. Assuming the Niners want Harbaugh gone as badly as everyone says they do, they would probably wind up just firing him.
There’s a reason only three NFL head coaches have been “traded” from one team to another in the past 15 years or so. Don’t be shocked if it doesn’t happen with Harbaugh.