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Ravens want John Harbaugh back as sides continue contract talks

But when the Ravens kicked off Sunday's AFC wild-card game against the Chargers, no deal had been agreed to — and it will leave open the possibility that any of the eight NFL teams with head-coaching vacancies still could reach out to Baltimore to inquire about Harbaugh's availability.

In fact, two NFL teams with current head-coaching openings are strongly considering that possibility, according to a league source.

But Baltimore has not given any indication it is willing to part ways with Harbaugh. The Ravens still are determined to try to work out a new deal this offseason for Harbaugh, whether that's in a week or a month.

If the sides can't get a deal done, Harbaugh would enter the last year of his contract and then be on track to be a coaching free agent at this time next year.

"I have every expectation, every plan to be here as long as the Ravens want me here, and I believe that they want me here," Harbaugh said after the Chargers defeated the Ravens 23-17.

"And I think that's been made clear by them to me over the last few weeks, and like I said a couple weeks ago or last week, I love everybody in the organization. There's just great people and expect to go forward with that as long as that's what they want to do. And I do believe that's what they want to do, and let's roll."

ESPN's Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.

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