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Report: Browns nearly acquired Jim Harbaugh from 49ers in a trade

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The San Francisco 49ers almost considered dealing head coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns for multiple draft picks, according to a report on Pro Football Talk.

Cleveland was the last team to hire their head coach as they Mike Pettine became the person last month. The Browns spokesman told ESPN Cleveland that a deal was almost near.

"The team conducted an extensive coaching search, and explored several options,” Gilbert said. “That search produced an outstanding head coach in Mike Pettine and we’re excited about his future with the club.”

A 49ers source calls this "ridiculous", according to Ian Rapport. Harbaugh signed a five-year contract in 2011 after a successful Orange Bowl win while at Stanford. He is making $5 million a year and no extension has occurred since then. Jed York, the team's CEO has openly wanted the 49ers head coach extended, but nothing has been done as of now.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said the trade was in place where the 49ers would receiver a package of draft picks. In the end, Harbaugh turned down the idea of leaving the 49ers and would not join the AFC North Division.

Harbaugh has been consistently silent on any contract talks from players and coaches, including his own. He shot down any initial rumors of taking the head coaching job at the University of Texas. When he spoke at the combine, there was no hint of him potentially leaving the 49ers.

UPDATE 3:13 p.m.

York has tweeted that the report isn't true.

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