Coach Jim Harbaugh denied any knowledge of declining a trade that would have sent him from the 49ers to the Cleveland Browns. In a text message to CSN Bay Area’s Dave Feldman early Saturday morning from NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, 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.” On Friday, Pro Football Talk reported the 49ers and Browns agreed to a trade that would have sent multiple draft picks to the 49ers in exchange for Harbaugh. But, according to the report, Harbaugh decided to remain with the 49ers. Team CEO Jed York wrote on Twitter, “Report isn’t true.” Both York and Harbaugh have previously expressed interest in a long-term contract. The sides could not come together on an extension last year, but are expected to enter into negotiations again this offseason. Harbaugh has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $25 million contract he signed in January 2011. The 49ers' season ended on Jan. 19 with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. On Jan. 21, in his season-ending press conference, Harbaugh acknowledged talking with the Cleveland Browns. "I've had conversations with the Cleveland Browns," Harbaugh said. Regarding? "Regarding our coaches," Harbaugh answered. Harbaugh was asked, "So that's a possibility as far as that opening?" And Harbaugh responded, "Yeah, there are possibilities."
Jim Harbaugh: “I know nothing” about possible trade to Browns
CSN Bay Area | Feb 22