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Jim Harbaugh: “I know nothing” about possible trade to Browns

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The man who would have been traded to the Browns by the 49ers if the deal had been consummated has responded to the news, by channeling his inner Sgt. Schulz.

I know nothing about a trade with the Cleveland Browns and us involving me,” Harbaugh told Dave Feldman of CSN Bay Area.

That’s a bit of a stretch, based on what has been reported — and based on our understanding of the 49ers’ position on the situation.  While CEO Jed York said on Twitter that the report of a trade nearly happening “isn’t true,” the 49ers privately acknowledge that the Browns wanted to make the deal.  It’s virtually impossible for Harbaugh to have not known about the discussions, which in the opinion of the 49ers involved the Browns inquiring about Harbaugh and the 49ers quickly saying no.

Multiple reports say otherwise.  Beyond our own report (by which we continue to stand), Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Browns’ attempt to land Harbaugh reached a “serious stage,” and he confirmed the substance of our report.

We reported that the 49ers and Browns had agreed to compensation, and that Harbaugh ultimately opted not to leave San Francisco.

Regardless of how the dust settles on this one, the sooner the 49ers and Harbaugh put this mess behind them with a long-term extension, the better off both sides will be.  Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area has reported that the two sides remain far apart regarding Harbaugh’s compensation, with Harbaugh reportedly wanting to be paid like a Super Bowl-winning coach and the team pointing out politely that the only Harbaugh who has won a Super Bowl is John.

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58 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh: “I know nothing” about possible trade to Browns”
  1. wallyhorse says: Feb 22, 2014 7:41 AM

    I thought the NFL outlawed these kind of trades (coaches for draft picks) after Jon Gruden was traded from the Raiders to the Bucs.

  2. unkrautsalat says: Feb 22, 2014 7:42 AM

    In a league where average players often make more money than their coach, the dude who brought the 49ers to three straight championship games and a Super Bowl appearance should be paid way better than he is.

  3. mgmac says: Feb 22, 2014 7:46 AM

    Someone is lying, who?

  4. joetoronto says: Feb 22, 2014 7:57 AM

    You can’t take anything this guy says seriously, he’s lied way too many times.

  5. coonsqualler says: Feb 22, 2014 7:59 AM

    Say what you want, but as a Brown’s fan I am really excited about the way our front office and coaching staff is set up right now.

    We have young, hungry, qualified personnel, that seem committed to win, and committed to win NOW and not a PLAN like we are so used to.

    Get the first 2-3 rounds right Farmer, and we will surprise ALOT of people.

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  6. betterandbetterthan says: Feb 22, 2014 8:03 AM


  7. cwk22 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:07 AM

    Love the picture. Must have been right after his QB threw one of many interception!!!

  8. bennyb82 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:13 AM

    Do coaches have contract clauses allowing them to reject a trade or were the 49ers just being nice? Maybe trying to drive down the cost of retaining him long term?

  9. skiss68 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:13 AM

    Letting him walk would be stupid on their part. They must have already forgot what it was like when Singletary was the coach. ThT explains the shortage of khaki pants here in Cle.

  10. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 22, 2014 8:14 AM

    Cleveland could’ve finally had a coach that would cry with them.

  11. makimaguro says: Feb 22, 2014 8:16 AM

    I think if Mort reported there is substance, there is substance. He seems to have good sources.

  12. dennisatunity says: Feb 22, 2014 8:16 AM

    Jim Harbaugh saying that he knows nothing about this sounds strangely similar to him saying that they never had any interest in Manning 2 years ago, they were only “evaluating” him. The guy’s a great coach and a lousy liar.

  13. jpb12 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:16 AM

    What about those brown trousers?

  14. musicman495 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:24 AM

    Do not understand this decision by the 49ers to play cute by throwing the fact that Harbaugh did not win the Super Bowl in his face. He is the best coach they have had in the last 20 years, which they will find out fast if they let him walk.

  15. elliottcovert says: Feb 22, 2014 8:31 AM

    Colonel Schultz!

  16. rundmc20 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:38 AM

    Yeah sure you know nothing about the trade Jim. Just like you weren’t trying to pursue Peyton Manning right ? One thing we know about the NFLand rumors, where there’s smoke there’s fire.

  17. dfwhawkguy says: Feb 22, 2014 8:43 AM

    The Niners are going into rebuilding mode since they know the Hawks own the NFC West for the next decade. Really their only option.

  18. baltimoresnativeson says: Feb 22, 2014 9:14 AM

    Lord no. I do not want to see his sideline childishness twice a year in the afc north.

  19. joecancun says: Feb 22, 2014 9:15 AM

    This horse is on life support.
    Pull the plug and move onto something current.

  20. boycord says: Feb 22, 2014 9:27 AM

    Did Harbaugh say this in his sergeant Schultz voice?

  21. rwhite84 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:28 AM

    How’d the Gruden trade work out for Oakland?

  22. 52lightsxout52 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:32 AM

    LOL, I love the pictures being posted with each new development in the Harbawl Saga! 😀

  23. tvjules says: Feb 22, 2014 9:37 AM

    And this is why Harbaugh will end up leaving. This is a total slap in the face to him.
    And of all places… Cleveland?! Good Lord.

  24. simplec72 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:39 AM

    ” I know nothing, ” was also what the guard on Hogan’s Heroes would say.

  25. sarcasm says: Feb 22, 2014 9:40 AM

    Whatever Jim. You’ve proven to talk out of both ends far too many times to give you the benefit of doubt.

    Maybe the Browns weren’t pursuing you and we’re only evaluating you.

  26. cwk22 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:43 AM

    Come to Miami.

  27. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 22, 2014 9:45 AM

    Should have gone with Mr Ross we pay big bucks down here in Miami especially somebody who can win football games. After what he has done at San Fran Ross would have given him a kings ransom.

  28. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 22, 2014 9:48 AM

    I like what Harbaugh`s people have done here at this stage of contract negotiations. Have a team show serious interest, everybody knows somebody on every team, register a bid ( White elephant ) Harbaugh was always going to refuse, result. Harbaugh gets a few extra million the people who helped get a brown envelope and maybe something football related down the road.

  29. titansbro says: Feb 22, 2014 9:48 AM

    He’s a good coach but his act is wearing thin. Sideline temper tantrums & post game whining are getting old. Just coach man, just coach.

  30. higheriqthanyou says: Feb 22, 2014 9:58 AM

    With the success he’s had, this goes to what an A-Hole he must be on a day to day basis if they’re trying to dump him.

  31. vicnocal says: Feb 22, 2014 9:59 AM

    Just a bunch of gobble gobble from jive turkey gobblers.

  32. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 22, 2014 10:00 AM

    Reporting is hard. Stick to pasting other writers’ articles and telling people how they should feel about things. It’s gotten you this far.

  33. riverhorsey says: Feb 22, 2014 10:08 AM

    “serious stage” is key phrase. To me that means the Browns could of met the 49’ers criteria for such a deal but once met the 49’ers opted not to do it and Harbaugh probably never knew a thing about it until now.

  34. fballguy says: Feb 22, 2014 10:12 AM

    So the Niners wanted him gone, but he chose to stay….Awkward!

  35. osiris33 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:16 AM

    Dear Jim,

    Check out Pete Carroll’s trophy case if you want to know why he makes more money than you do.

  36. bert1913 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:17 AM

    i wonder if the brown’s brought some knuckles would harbaugh ok’d this deal?

  37. restorativejusticeprogram says: Feb 22, 2014 10:20 AM

    Harbaugh said he was prepared to coach in Cleveland, but the commute seemed a bit much (Who would live in Cleveland if they had a choice? Third worst run City in America behind Detroit and New Orleans).

  38. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 22, 2014 10:29 AM

    He’s such an awful liar. Judge Judy would not approve.

  39. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:31 AM

    If Harbaugh didnt give his brother and the Ravens optimal practice conditions to Beat them in the supebowl by sharing the home teams practice facilities with them. Jim Harbaugh will have a ring and a Super Bowl winning Coach’s contract extension.

    That didn’t happen so he should be paid like Rex Ryan who also took his squad to back to back conference championships. Or a Super Bowl loser like Lovie Smith around 5 mil a year.

    Super Bowl winning contracts are for Super Bowl winning coaches.

  40. sharks123 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:41 AM

    Keep reporting on stuff that never happened. Idiots.

  41. raider8er says: Feb 22, 2014 10:55 AM

    Ever since Al Davis traded Gruden to the Bucs, the Raiders have sunk to the level of the Cleveland Browns.

    The 49ers should take note.

  42. onbucky96 says: Feb 22, 2014 11:14 AM

    Liar Liar 2, Coach Khakis!

  43. doni609 says: Feb 22, 2014 11:33 AM

    The Harbaugh brothers are both poor sports and habitual whiners. What fans or players want to see their coach making a fool of himself on every play ? The great Cleveland fans wouldn’t have wanted this turkey.

  44. natijim235 says: Feb 22, 2014 12:00 PM

    sounds like harbaugh and browns owner would hit it off – they both plead the 5th

  45. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 22, 2014 12:08 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is a liar. He’s a man of odd character.

  46. kd75 says: Feb 22, 2014 12:11 PM


  47. bigbaldpapahawk says: Feb 22, 2014 12:41 PM

    “I never met with Peyton Manning. Alex Smith has always been our guy.

  48. stampnhawk says: Feb 22, 2014 1:01 PM

    “Love the picture. Must have been right after his QB threw one of many interception!!!”

    That’s far too dramatic, most likely it was simply a false start or offside call.

  49. jayniner says: Feb 22, 2014 1:15 PM

    The NFL media is making Jerry Springer proud with all the drama being created from nothing.

    So far, all reports have one thing in common, the Browns wanted to trade for Harbaugh, they contacted the Niners, and the 49ers said “no”.

  50. goldrush36 says: Feb 22, 2014 1:17 PM

    Espn is awful and lawyers are impossible to trust. Maybe the story is BS. Maybe Lombardi had offered up ridiculous amounts of 1st and 2nd rd picks. Who knows but I have found out your “source” is usually Kawakami and he is almost always wrong

  51. meatcarroll says: Feb 22, 2014 1:19 PM

    Of course you don’t, Jim. Just like you called out the Seahawks for drug suspensions and claimed up be “above reproach” while you yourself got arrested for DUI and defended Aldon Smith through his. What a charlatan.

  52. goldrush36 says: Feb 22, 2014 1:24 PM

    I see no problem with his contract demands. He hasn’t won a superbowl yet he pretty much single handed pulled that franchise out of the gutter and is a top tier NFL coach. He was 2 Crabtree directed passes away from 2 guaranteed rings. Hard for his argument to not hold water when he came way cheap amd you have guys like Chip Kelly and Jeff Fisher making 20-30% more

  53. Dogsweat says: Feb 22, 2014 1:37 PM

    Trade JH to the Browns for an early pick and draft Johnny Manziel.

    Having both Harbaughs coaching in the same division will be good for the AFC North.

    Hire Coach Mike Holmgren and let him groom Johnny Manziel trade Colin” Fresh Prince of San Francisco” Kaepernick for some picks, somebody will take him as a back up. See the Jaguars or Titans, even Miami.

    Please bring this franchise back to class and winning with honor and respect.

    The Circus Acts performed by Jim and Colin are not the 49ers ways.

    Manziel is a team player, and is low key, and is not the attention prostitute that the current QB is.

    Bill Walsh would be embarrassed by what is going on with this franchise as of today.

    BTW Mike Holmgren is a native to the area.

  54. bnwpnw says: Feb 22, 2014 1:39 PM

    Some liars lie so brazenly that it’s an insult to both the liar and the person being lied to.

  55. blabidibla says: Feb 22, 2014 1:47 PM

    Happy to keep our “whiner, crybaby, liar, etc” of a coach.

    He’s better than the vast majority of coaches out there, who are doing the same thing on your sidelines.

  56. sportsfan18 says: Feb 22, 2014 5:03 PM

    cwk22 says:
    Feb 22, 2014 8:07 AM
    Love the picture. Must have been right after his QB threw one of many interception!!!

    44 16

    I’m NOT a Niners fan… I”m a Bears fan.

    But I still like facts and honesty.

    I’m not a Kap fan either but foryou to say he throws a lot of INT’s shows you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    He threw an INT on 1.9% of his passes this past season and so far for his short career he only throws an INT on 1.7% of his passes.

    Tom Brady is a great QB as we all know and for his career, he throws an INT on 2% of his passes (2.0%).

    So far in his career, Colin is NOT an INT machine.

    If you don’t like the Niners, their coach or Colin that is fine, but at least say truthful things otherwise it makes you look like you don’t know what you’re saying which is the case here.

  57. robin302 says: Feb 22, 2014 5:22 PM

    From the looks he has on the picture it seems like he was just informed he was traded to the Browns.

  58. tipstopten says: Feb 22, 2014 8:17 PM

    If you believe him I got a bridge that I will sell to
    you at a good price.

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