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CEO Jed York on Sunday night acknowledged the Cleveland Browns did contact the 49ers about the possibility of acquiring coach Jim Harbaugh in a trade.
“The Browns reached out to me, and we had no interest in pursuing it,” York told Peter King of mmqb.si.com.
York did not want to rehash the entire story, King wrote. Also on Sunday, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told USA Today, “There was an opportunity there, and it didn’t materialize.”
On Friday, Pro Football Talk reported there was nearly a trade in which the Browns and 49ers agreed to terms on a deal that would have sent Harbaugh to Cleveland in exchange for multiple draft picks. The report stated that Harbaugh decided to remain with the 49ers and nixed the trade.
That report was initially met by strong denials from York and Harbaugh.
York wrote Friday on Twitter, “Report isn’t true.”
In a text message to CSN Bay Area’s Dave Feldman, Harbaugh wrote, “For the record, I echo Jed York’s comment…’isn’t true.’ I know nothing about a trade with the Cleveland Browns and us involving me.”
And when approached Saturday morning by CSNBayArea.com at the NFL Scouting Combine, Harbaugh said, “The report? Ridiculous. Ridiculous. No. REE-diculous.”