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Jim Harbaugh knew nothing about Browns trade scenario

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10:45 AM ET 02.23 | The NFL Scouting Combine was rocked late Friday afternoon by a ProFootballTalk report that said the Browns were close to obtaining San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Niners CEO Jed York quickly said on Twitter that the report "isn't true." NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Browns did make a run at Harbaugh, as did the University of Texas, per sources informed of the Browns' thinking. But Harbaugh wasn't interested in the move, per Rapoport. Now Harbaugh is going on the record with a strong denial as well. "I echo Jed York's comment ... 'isn't true,'" Harbaugh told ESPN's Ed Werder in a text message. "I know nothing about a trade with the Cleveland Browns and us, involving me." The Browns, meanwhile, issued a statement that didn't exactly confirm or deny the story.

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February 23, 2014  10:50 AM ET

I don't know what to mak of this insane story. Could the 49ers work out a trade for Harbaugh and then inform him that he as been traded? With a coach, does he need to OK the deal?

February 23, 2014  11:12 AM ET

This is media manure.

February 23, 2014  11:13 AM ET

If it did happen, the Niners would have taken some huge steps backward.

February 23, 2014  11:40 AM ET

I'll be happy when Ian Rapoport and Mike Florio make public apologies. It would be nice if they have to stand before their fellow journalist and take on a barrage of questions.

None of this would have ever happened if both had shown one ounce of responsibility and gone to the source and asked Jed York, Trent Baalke, and Jim Harbaugh.

Next on their list of tabloid journalism: Jerry Jones will fire his GM and then trade of the Dallas Cowboys for the Cleveland Browns

February 23, 2014  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Next on their list of tabloid journalism: Jerry Jones will fire his GM and then trade of the Dallas Cowboys for the Cleveland Browns

But we'd believe that one.

February 23, 2014  02:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This is media manure.

You just can't make this stuff up. It's so off the wall.

February 23, 2014  02:55 PM ET

Probably better if he didn't know, would have scared him "witless" to face his brother 2 times a year with that team.....

February 23, 2014  05:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If it did happen, the Niners would have taken some huge steps backward.

Harbaugh is the reason that the Niners are winning. Nobody is that stupid. Oh wait....

February 23, 2014  10:00 PM ET

What is really crazy is that Mike Florio continues to insist that Jimmy Haslan is telling the truth and that all the 49ers are lying.

 
February 24, 2014  10:16 AM ET

Harbs probably had that exact look on his face when they had to admit they tried to trade him to the Browns.

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