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Notlong Jamison Crowder Jersey ago,it was almost a foregone conclusion thatthe 49ers would dangle Jim Harbaugh on the NFL coaching market and cut a deal with the highest bidder.Nowthe more likely conclusion is that,one way or another, hell walk away andinto the arms of Michigan... and the 49ers will get nothing.MORE: 10 potential Harbaugh replacements for 49ers| Where should Harbaugh go?The remaining year on Harbaugh's contractwas the driving force behind the idea of trading him in the same vein as the Raiders getting two first-round picks, two second-rounders and $8 million from the Buccaneers for Jon Gruden in 2002.The 49ers and Browns also discu sed trading Harbaugh last offseason, fuelingspeculation that theyd part ways only in that waythat the 49ers wouldn't be left empty-handed from losing acoach, one who took them to the Super Bowl two years ago, with time left on his deal.That final year is becoming increasingly moot, though, now that Harbaugh and Michigan have Samaje Perine Jersey made contact,andthat the 49ers reportedly will "cut ties within 24-48 hours after the regular season ends Sunday."Michigan is making a run at Harbaugh, and he could get the last word on the 49ers by quitting before they firehim. But if that doesn't happen, a couple days (tops)leaves no time for the 49ers to ponder bids from other NFL teams or, for that matter, for other teams to make offers.Just as crucial:The list of teams that would want Harbaugh(and bewilling to pay him what Michigan reportedly is)appears to be shrinking.The Dolphins, for example, are off the list now that owner Stephen Ro s has said hes bringing back Joe Philbin. The Jets have always been linked to a po sible pursuit, but owner Woody Johnson reportedly is bringing on Charley Ca serly, the former Redskins and Texans general manager,to consult on potential changes in the organization presumably at head coach and general manager. That doesn't sound like a proce s that will wrap up by Monday or Tuesday of next week.The other obstacle is the reported six-year, $48 million offer from Michigan. It's not impo sible for NFL teams Shawn Lauvao Jersey to match both the years and the money.Its also not impo sible for Michigan to raise theoffer.The Raiders remain the frontrunner among NFL teams, and as much as Stacy McGee Jersey owner Mark Davis apparently covets Harbaugh, the only other full-time head coach he has hired, Dennis Allen, was the lowest-paid in the league this seasonat $3 million.The Bears and Falcons likely would be in the mix if they fire their coaches next week, but how much they're willing to pay Harbaugh, and how interested they are in outbidding each other,is unclear.With Harbaugh seeming to haveleverage with the Michigan suitors, the 49ers could blow off a drawn-out, complex negotiation for compensation and end his tenure right away. Rather than auctionHarbaugh off over several days or weeks, the 49ers can jump right into finding his replacement.