Harbaugh had been widely expected to part ways with the 49ers after their season finale against Arizona, who he coached for four seasons and took to the 2013 Super Bowl. Before joining the 49ers, Harbaugh resurrected a struggling Stanford program, guiding the Cardinal to a 12-1 season and Orange Bowl championship in 2010.
With the 49ers, his team made three consecutive NFC Conference championship appearances -- including a Super Bowl appearance -- before a tumultuous 2014 campaign. Harbaugh went 43-19-1 as a coach in the NFL and 58-27 in the collegiate level.
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will be fighting against the Week 17 suspension that will prevent him from reaching unrestricted free agent status after next season, per ESPN. He will not be unrestricted until 2016 if his camp cannot battle successfully against the ruling.
Gordon was suspended for missing a Saturday morning walkthrough. He missed the first 10 games of the year due to yet another drug suspension.
Heavily criticized Jets general manager John Idzik is expected to be fired after two years on the job, league sources have told ESPN, which is further reporting that the fate of Rex Ryan hinges on the feelings of Idzik's replacement.
Jets owner Woody Johnson could not reached for comment, but a team official has claimed that he has not revealed his plans.
Ryan cleaned out his desk this week in the belief he is on the verge of being canned, but sources have told ESPN that no decision has been made regarding his immediate future.
Inactive status for Saints CB Vaccaro a head-scratcher
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
The inclusion of safety Kenny Vaccaro on the inactive list for the Saints on Sunday is a surprise, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He practiced fully all week despite what has reportedly been a nagging quad injury.
NFL Network had claimed before the game two weeks ago against Chicago that Vaccaro was destined to be benched, but he played in that game as a nickel back. He started in Week 16.
RB Matt Asiata, WR Greg Jennings among Vikes ready to go
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Vikings running back Matt Asiata (foot) and wideout Greg Jennings (hamstring) are active for the game against Chicago after being listed as probable. They're among a slew of probables suiting up for Minnesota.
The list includes safety Robert Blanton (ankle), safety Antone Exum (knee), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), tight end Chase Ford (foot), offensive tackle Michael Harris (foot), guard Charlie Johnson (ankle) and safety Andrew Sendejo (thumb). Wideout Jarius Wright is active after being questionable with a back injury.