The New York Jets are looking toward their future, it seems, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the team, along with the Oakland Raiders, will inquire with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason about a potential trade for head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The Raiders and Jets are expected to inquire about 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's availability in a trade per @AdamSchefter on Sunday Countdown.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 30, 2014
One NFL source convinced Raiders are the favorite to trade for HC Jim Harbaugh, but Jets also known to be keeping a close eye on situation.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 30, 2014
It comes as surprise to no one that the Jets will be moving on without six-year head coach Rex Ryan come season's end, but this is the first concrete report indicating that they are indeed looking to move on.
This offseason there will be a multitude of both college and NFL experienced head coaches available for New York to bring in, but none bigger than Harbaugh, who's coached the Niners to the NFC Championship Game—along with a Super Bowl appearance—in each of his first three seasons in San Fran, with the team once again contending for the postseason this year.
Why would San Francisco be looking to move on from Harbaugh despite all of his success, you may ask. Well, that's a question that can only be answered by the 49ers front office and ownership. There were a myriad of rumors last offseason that the Cleveland Browns attempted to trade for Harbaugh, and although no deal was ever completed, it's been fairly well documented that the Niners would, at some point, be looking to move on from Harbaugh.
To me, Harbaugh tops the list of potential available coaches, and if Woody Johnson and John Idzik—or whomever the general manager may be at the time—have the chance to bring him aboard, they should go all in.