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John Harbaugh's three-year, $12 million contract extension puts him in the middle tier of NFL coaches.

His average salary of $4 million makes him the second-highest paid coach in the AFC North, just behind the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin, and on the fringe of the top 10 in the league (the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith, who ranked 10th in 2010, receives $4.8 million annually).

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Harbaugh still ranks behind the NFL's highest-paid coaches (New England's Bill Belichick, the Washington Redskins' Mike Shanahan and the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll all make more than $6.5 million annually). but he is now ahead of the likes of the Indianapolis Colts' Jim Caldwell ($3.5 million) and the Cincinnati Bengals' Marvin Lewis ($3.25 million).

Harbaugh's extension ranks behind two coaches who received them last season. New Orleans' Sean Payton and Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt are making between $5 million and $5.75 million per season.

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Harbaugh's brother, Jim Harbaugh, will receive $5 million annually from the San Francisco 49ers in his first NFL head coaching job.

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