It has been widely anticipated that Jay Harbaugh, the son of newly hired Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh, will join his father’s coaching staff on the AFC West squad. A report suggests that may not be the case after all.
It was reported on Friday by Matt Zenitz of 247 Sports that Jay Harbaugh’s hiring by the Chargers is not finalized. According to Zenitz, the Seattle Seahawks are considering employing him as well.
In 2021, while both were on the Wolverines’ staff, Harbaugh collaborated with Mike Macdonald, the new head coach of the Seahawks.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Jay Harbaugh’s trade with the Chargers is not finalized just yet.
According to sources, the #Seahawks have become an additional option for him, as reported by @247sports. Jim Harbaugh’s son Harbaugh spent the last nine years employed at Michigan. .. tweet.com/95pZvT1etY
Feb. 2, 2024 — Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz)
Since 2017, Jay Harbaugh has been Michigan’s special teams coordinator after working under his father’s direction for the previous nine years. When the elder Harbaugh made the decision to leave Michigan and rejoin the NFL, the 34-year-old was anticipated to assume the same position with the Chargers.
When it comes to assembling Macdonald’s new staff, the Seahawks seem to be going all out. Though it might not seem like the biggest addition, persuading Harbaugh to leave his father and sign with the Seahawks would be a declaration of intent.
Michigan safety Quinten Johnson declares for 2024 NFL Draft
Johnson is the most recent player from Michigan to decide to turn pro.
One last player from Michigan announced their decision to enter the NFL on Friday, even though many of the team’s 2024 NFL Draft prospects had already announced their decisions earlier in January. Quinten Johnson, a fifth-year senior safety, made the announcement on his Instagram page that he would be declaring for the draft this time.
Quinten Johnson, a safety from Michigan, declares for the 2024 NFL Draft.
made a few very significant plays this season.
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Feb. 2, 2024, Clayton Sayfie (@CSayf23)
In 2023, Johnson had a bit of a breakthrough season. He played safety in 14 games and finished with 22 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. Johnson has mostly contributed to special teams during his time in Ann Arbor after redshirting as a freshman in 2019.
Johnson may not have played the most snaps or filled the stat sheet, but when he did get the chance, he definitely made some huge plays. He made a huge pass breakup on Ohio State receiver Emeka Egbuka in “The Game.” Against Jalen Milroe and Alabama, he also forced a fumble that led to Michigan’s Rose Bowl triumph.
What a hit (pic.twitter.com/dpGFabMd5Q) from @Umichfootball
— November 25, 2023, FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX)
Johnson may not be highly regarded on draft boards right now, but he should have a chance to establish himself as a special team player on a roster at a higher level. When building a roster ahead of the season, any NFL team would value his four years of experience playing under coach Jim Harbaugh.
Johnson was one of the 2019 recruiting class members to arrive at Michigan. After playing high school ball at St. John’s in Washington, D.C., he was rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
Even though Johnson may not be the most well-known player in the prospect pool for this April’s draft, his contributions to Michigan’s most important games in 2023 cannot be undervalued.