San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York admitted that the Cleveland Browns inquired about coach Jim Harbaugh but he quickly turned down the proposed offer, saying the team had no interest in trading their coach.
Earlier, it was reported that the Browns were eyeing to lure Harbaugh from the 49ers in exchange for multiple draft picks.
However, York told the Sacramento Bee that he rejected the offer.
“Not far at all,” York said when asked how far talks progressed. “We had no interest in entering those discussions.”
York also emphasized that the 49ers are working to secure a long-term deal with Harbaugh.
“We want Jim to be our head coach, and we’ve said that very clearly,” York said.
Harbaugh, who has coached the Niners to three consecutive appearances in the NFC Championship Game, also refuted the initial report last week, telling ESPN he was not aware of any deal with the Browns.
Cleveland released a statement Friday that confirmed the team’s confidence in new coach Mike Pettine, who was hired Jan. 23.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam also admitted that talks occurred with the Niners about Harbaugh, telling USA Today Sports that nothing materialized.