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Detroit Free Press

Jim Harbow’s next defense coordinator could come directly from his brother’s NFL headquarters.

A source told Free Press on Friday that Baltimore Ravens lifebacks coach Mike MacDonald is emerging as a prime candidate for the next Michigan footballprotective coordinator, replacing Don Brown, who was fired last month.

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The source requested anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the job search.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that MacDonald plans to take a job at UM after completing the crows’ candidacy for the playoffs.

Macdonald, 33, has worked under Harbo’s brother, John, for the past seven years in Baltimore, playing a variety of roles, starting as an assistant defender before moving to second coach and then to his current position.

He last worked at the college in 2013 in Georgia, where he coached safety and security for three years.

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The source said Harbaugh is actively involved in relocating staff as part of his staff, as there is a proposal to extend the contract, which includes a lower basic salary and heavy incentives.

Harbaugh has not yet finalized the new deal, as it enters the final year of its current contract on Monday.

AL.com reporter Matt Zenitz was the first to announce interest in MacDonald.

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