Source – Minnesota Vikings contact Jim Harbaugh over head coaching vacancy

The Minnesota Vikings have contacted Michigan and received permission to speak to Jim Harbaugh about their open head coaching job, a source told ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.

Although an official talk has yet to take place, the Vikings had conversations with Harbaugh on Saturday afternoon, with both sides weighing their mutual interest, the source said.

Harbaugh emerged as a candidate in part because of a strong relationship with new Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, whom Harbaugh overlapped with while coaching the San Francisco 49ers. Adofo-Mensah worked in the San Francisco front office in research and development and worked with Harbaugh in 2013 and 2014.

A source told Cronin that the relationship between Adofo-Mensah and Harbaugh is a major driver of the franchise’s interest in Harbaugh.

Harbaugh is coming off a rejuvenating season at Michigan after going 2-4 in 2020. Last season Michigan went 11-2, won the Big Ten title after authoritatively beating arch-nemesis Ohio State and earned a berth in the College Football Playoffs.

Harbaugh took a pay cut after the 2-4 season, with his base salary reduced from $8 million a year to $4 million. Michigan has yet to formalize any type of new deal with Harbaugh after the 2021 rebound.

Harbaugh spent four years as head coach of the 49ers. He went 44-19-1 and holds the fifth-best winning percentage in NFL history, ahead of any active coach in the league. Harbaugh was fired after going 8-8 in 2014.

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