Citing sources, La Canfora said the chances of Baltimore retaining Harbaugh after this season "are quite bleak." The Super Bowl 47-winning coach has one year remaining on his contract.
After a promising start to the season, the Ravens have fallen to 4-5. They are headed for a fourth straight non-playoff season, and it'll be the fifth time in six years where Baltimore misses the playoffs after winning its second Super Bowl in franchise history.
La Canfora cites the Green Bay Packers (Mike McCarthy is reportedly on the hot seat), and Cleveland Browns as potential fits for Harbaugh. He's finishing up his 11th season with the Ravens, and Harbaugh will walk away as the most successful head coach in franchise history.
Harbaugh led the Ravens to the postseason in each of his first five years on the job. That included three trips to the AFC Championship game plus a Super Bowl 47 championship. In all, Baltimore owns a 10-5 playoff record under Harbaugh. He needs two more wins to reach 100 for his career.
But the Ravens have been mired in mediocrity since that Super Bowl season, and with GM Ozzie Newsome stepping down after this season, the franchise seems ready to undergo a massive face lift.
La Canfora pointed out that the Ravens could also make major changes to their roster, due to the large amount of pricey veterans they have on defense. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco is likely finishing up his final year in Baltimore, with 2018 first-round pick Lamar Jackson set to take over the reigns in the future.
It's been an incredible run for Harbaugh and the Ravens, but it makes sense for both sides to move on. The Ravens appear to be in rebuilding mode, while Harbaugh is better off helping a team looking to make that jump to Super Bowl contention.