The Minnesota Vikings decided to undertake a full reset this offseason by firing head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman.
Both had long histories with the franchise, but another year without a playoff berth was too much for ownership to stomach.
Thus, new leadership has been sought out.
The GM job has gone to Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who has a background in the financial world.
He also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns in their respective front offices.
His stint in San Francisco means he worked alongside Jim Harbaugh for a few years.
That link is relevant now because there is reportedly real interest between Harbaugh and the Vikings about him making a return to the NFL.
Jim Harbaugh conveyed legitimate interest in the Vikings' head-coaching job during his interview with the team, per source, with Minnesota coming away feeling Harbaugh is ready for a return to the NFL. As of now, he's still considered in the mix for that job.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 31, 2022
Harbaugh interviewed with the team and the connection to Adofo-Mensah may have him as the frontrunner.
The question now is if he wants to leave Michigan behind for another shot at NFL glory.
A Shot At NFL Redemption
Landing Harbaugh would be a monumental hire for the Vikings.
Before his stint at Michigan, he spent four seasons leading the 49ers.
He went 44-19-1 during that span and made three NFC Championship Games.
His 49ers also advanced to the Super Bowl during the 2012 season, losing in a close game to the Baltimore Ravens.
Jim Harbaugh is very interested in the #Vikings HC position as previously reported. He is considered a serious candidate for the Job
— G.T Bobby Thompson (@BThomps81) January 31, 2022
A power struggle with current Jacksonville GM Trent Baalke seemed to force him out, ending what could have been long-term, sustained success in the Bay Area.
Harbaugh is 58 years old and just led Michigan to the College Football Playoff.
His stock is arguably as high as it may ever be and he could look to lead the Vikings the same way he did the 49ers.
If he does end up in Minnesota, other teams with more lucrative openings will be wondering how they missed out on the chance to hire him.