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ORLANDO, Fla. – CEO Jed York on Tuesday provided a more detailed explanation of the Cleveland Browns’ quest to acquire coach Jim Harbaugh from the 49ers in January.
In the days after the 49ers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, the Browns called York to ask about Harbaugh, he told Bay Area reporters at the NFL owners meetings.
“They called. We said we didn’t have any interest,” York said of a potential trade of Harbaugh. “There was not a lot of shock or surprise on their side.”
York said he immediately tried to get in touch with Harbaugh to inform him of the Browns’ inquiry.
“He wasn’t in the office,” York said. “So I talked to him probably an hour after the Browns thing. I called. There was no answer. I texted and said, ‘Hey, give me a ring.’ He was at preschool with (his daughter). ‘Listen, I just want to ask you, was there any interest in your part? This is the phone call I got.’ “
Harbaugh called him back and said, according to York, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“And that was the end of it,” York said.
York declined to specify what the Browns said they were willing to offer the 49ers.