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49ers owner: Browns called about Harbaugh

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 24 2014 12:44:21 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 24 2014 02:48:24 PM CST
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San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York told the Sacramento Bee on Monday that the team had "no interest" in a deal to send coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns.

A day after Browns owner Jimmy Haslam admitted the team contacted the 49ers about making a deal, York acknowledged there was a discussion but the deal was quickly turned down.

"Not far at all," York said. "We had no interest in entering those discussions."

NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reported Friday that the two sides were close to a deal that would have sent multiple draft picks to the 49ers in exchange for Harbaugh, who rejected a move to Cleveland.

York denied the report on Friday via Twitter. He told the Bee the teams were never as close to a deal as the reported indicated.

York also said the 49ers want to secure a long-term deal with Harbaugh.

"We want Jim to be our head coach, and we've said that very clearly," he said.

Harbaugh told ESPN late last week that he was unaware of any deal with the Browns.

Harbaugh has guided the 49ers to NFC title games in each of his first three seasons as coach, including a Super Bowl appearance.

The Browns did not denied having interest in Harbaugh but released a statement Friday indicating they are confident in new head coach Mike Pettine, whom they hired Jan. 23.

Haslam told USA Today his team contacted the 49ers about Harbaugh.

"There was an opportunity there, and it didn't materialize," he said.