Jim Harbaugh is reportedly being paid handsomely to return to the NFL. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports, per sources, that Harbaugh’s contract with the Los Angeles Chargers will be for 5 years at $16 million per season.

It was widely reported that Michigan was offering a 10-year deal totaling $125 million for Harbaugh to stay with the Wolverines. Harbaugh would have been guaranteed to make more at Michigan, but is set to make more annually in Los Angeles.

Harbaugh has been a successful NFL coach before. The Chargers are betting Harbaugh still has it for his second stint as a pro coach.

In between his stops at Stanford and Michigan, Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers for four seasons from 2011-to-2014. Harbaugh posted an impressive record of 44-19-1 in his four seasons.

Harbaugh’s 49ers made the NFL playoffs in each of his first three seasons. San Francisco finished first in the NFC West in 2011 and ’12. The 49ers made it all the way to Super Bowl XLVII in the 2012 season. John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens got the best of Jim’s 49ers, winning the Super Bowl 34-31.

In Harbaugh’s third season, San Francisco again posted a 2-1 playoff record. The 49ers did not win the division for a Wild Card bye but won two postseason contests to reach the NFC Championship Game.

Even when Harbaugh did not make the NFL playoffs, he avoided a losing record. San Francisco went 8-8 in 2014, Harbaugh’s final season.

The Chargers are coming off a 5-12 season. Los Angeles last made the playoffs in 2022, losing in the Wild Card round at Jacksonville. The Chargers’ last playoff win came in 2018 against the Ravens.