Report: Chargers paying Jim Harbaugh $16M per year

The Los Angeles Chargers are paying new coach Jim Harbaugh a salary of $16 million per season, Pro Football Talk reported.

Previous reports said the former Michigan coach agreed to a five-year deal last week, putting the total value at $80 million if it is fully guaranteed.

If the report is accurate, Harbaugh would be the second highest-paid coach in the NFL behind only Sean Payton of the Denver Broncos at a reported $18 million per season. Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams ranks third at a reported $14 million.

Harbaugh’s brother, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, reportedly earned a salary of $12 million in 2023.

Jim Harbaugh, 60, returns to the NFL after leading the Wolverines to a national championship. He was 44-19-1 over four seasons as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-14, leading them to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season.

The Chargers, who finished 5-12 this season, fired head coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco in December after a 63-21 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Staley spent three seasons with Los Angeles, finishing with a 24-24 mark.