A contingent from the Miami Dolphins reportedly flew to the Bay Area on Wednesday evening to meet with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, just hours after he had conducted a lengthy interview with the 49ers.
Despite the fact that Tony Sparano is still the team's head coach, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, GM Jeff Ireland and consultant Carl Peterson reportedly met with Harbaugh to discuss the Dolphins' head-coaching position.
Ross and Harbaugh are both graduates of the University of Michigan, and Ross is rumored to be willing to make Harbaugh one of the highest-paid coaches in all of football, with yearly salary numbers being rumored as high as $8 million per season.
Harbaugh's stock has gone through the roof after leading Stanford to a 12-win season and a dominant win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl Monday night. He has turned down his alma mater, met with the Niners and Dolphins and is rumored to be a target of the Broncos and their new executive V.P. of football operations John Elway, a Stanford graduate.
The way we see it
If money is the ultimate deciding factor, it sounds like Ross and the Dolphins are willing to ante up higher than any other suitor for Harbaugh, bringing him to South Florida.
However, if he doesn't want to uproot his family from the Bay Area and likes what he heard from Niners team president Jed York and GM Trent Baalke, he could be staying on the West Coast.