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Browns nearly had Harbaugh for two third-round picks

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As it becomes more and more clear that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will be coaching elsewhere in 2015, the floor for a potential trade to another NFL team was set back in February.

Per a league source, the trade that would have sent Harbaugh to the Browns would have resulted in a pair of third-round draft picks going to San Francisco.

That’s a far cry from the two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and $8 million that the Buccaneers gave the Raiders for Jon Gruden nearly 13 years ago.  And it’s possible that, if multiple teams opt to pursue Harbaugh, the 49ers could get more that what they would have gotten from the Browns, if Harbaugh had decided to leave the Bay Area.

But he (more specifically, his wife) didn’t want to leave the Bay Area, which could put Harbaugh in play for the Raiders job.  One league source tells PFT that Harbaugh would “love” to return to the Raiders, where his non-playing career began in 2002 and 2003 as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

Ultimately, the Raiders could give up a lot less to the 49ers to get Harbaugh than the Buccaneers gave up to get Gruden from the Raiders.  Unless the Raiders can lure Gruden back to Oakland.

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79 Responses to “Browns nearly had Harbaugh for two third-round picks”
  1. 49th parallel, 6 degrees right says: Oct 5, 2014 8:23 PM

    Jay Glazer approves this comment

  2. campcouch says: Oct 5, 2014 8:23 PM

    Pettine seems to be working fine. Just a dude doing a job. Glad this didn’t go through.

  3. daweapon says: Oct 5, 2014 8:23 PM

    Florio. Stop. You already know the answer. Who’s got it better than us?

  4. nfl4days says: Oct 5, 2014 8:24 PM

    Picks are more valuable.

  5. rsportgod says: Oct 5, 2014 8:24 PM

    Dear Mrs. Harbaugh,

    We don’t wear Dad pants…….

    Sincerely,
    Cleveland

  6. niners816 says: Oct 5, 2014 8:24 PM

    Please tell me, Florio how it is more and more clear? You have no facts at all. Just a sad little Seattle homer

  7. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 5, 2014 8:25 PM

    Harbaugh is as good as gone. I’ll be amazed if he doesn’t wind up in Michigan, taking over from the completely maladroit Brady Hoke.

  8. number1hawkfan says: Oct 5, 2014 8:25 PM

    For a guy who’s never won a championship he gets a lot if credit. Name me a championship he’s won. Can’t be done. Not to mention he’s really annoying. So what you get in Harbaugh is no championships and a headache. Only niner fans would consider that good.

  9. jvibottomline says: Oct 5, 2014 8:25 PM

    Reaching real far on the speculation now, that team looks like a group of trained killas, not coach hating quitters.

  10. 49th parallel, 6 degrees right says: Oct 5, 2014 8:26 PM

    Mark Davis uses a bowl to cut his hair.

    true story

  11. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 5, 2014 8:26 PM

    By the sound of it, Harbaugh (the Jim version) — could be had for a ham sandwich.

    That said, Pettine is doing an admirable job in Cleveland.

  12. djcologne says: Oct 5, 2014 8:28 PM

    I’m cool with a Raider re-run as long as we don’t see Art Shell Part III

  13. ctiggs says: Oct 5, 2014 8:30 PM

    do you guys hate us that much, a great win and all day of football and you produce this garbage!!!!

  14. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015. says: Oct 5, 2014 8:31 PM

    LOL, only the Browns. On the bright side of everything in the world, we were able to get a solid sample of Jacksonville tears for experimentation. We are trying to figure out what keeps these guys going. Though, there were only about 7 Jaguars fans in the stadium, they provided buckets. Mental illness?

  15. garyridgway says: Oct 5, 2014 8:31 PM

    daweapon says:
    Oct 5, 2014 8:23 PM
    Florio. Stop. You already know the answer. Who’s got it better than us?

    SEAHAWKS!

  16. 44mpo says: Oct 5, 2014 8:32 PM

    I’d take Harbaugh over Gruden in a New York second. Please Davis, make it so!

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 5, 2014 8:34 PM

    Boy you all are creating a 49ers “Us against the World” monster. You can hear it all in their lock room. They’re closing ranks something terrible. They’re starting to look at everybody like an enemy.

  18. jhorton83 says: Oct 5, 2014 8:34 PM

    Some people seem to have forgotten how bad the 49ers were for nearly a decade before he got there. 46-82 from 2003-2010. 3 straight NFC championship appearances and a Super Bowl appearance since Harbaugh got there. Nearly every team in the NFL would be thrilled with that. Some people have short memories.

  19. mackcarrington says: Oct 5, 2014 8:38 PM

    Doesn’t a coach have to agree to go to a team in a trade? Doesn’t he have any say in where he coaches?

  20. lbijake says: Oct 5, 2014 8:42 PM

    I find it humorous that the more this guy wins, the lower his stock plummets. Must be a lot of baggage behind the scenes.

  21. cguy7 says: Oct 5, 2014 8:44 PM

    Nobody cares about Harbaugh, Raiders job, or that pack of criminals masquerading as the Niners defense… How about the Browns overcoming a 28-3 halftime deficit? I’d like to see more football related stories, not the National Enquirer section of the N.F.L…

  22. eaglefan94 says: Oct 5, 2014 8:47 PM

    “Name me one championship he’s won.”

    2012 NFC championship

  23. thegregwitul says: Oct 5, 2014 8:53 PM

    There is one crucial difference between the Buccaneers of the early 2000’s and the Browns or Raiders of today; the Bucs were a Super Bowl contending team that needed the offense oriented mind of Jon Gruden to reach the Super Bowl. The Browns and Raiders are nowhere near competing for a Super Bowl appearance, let alone playoff appearance.

    My advice would be to keep the draft picks and target a coach that is not tied to a team when it comes time to consider replacing the current coach on staff.

  24. patfic5 says: Oct 5, 2014 8:54 PM

    Michigan can have Les Miles. Perhaps Harbaugh would want to come down to the bayou. I, for one, would love the change. A recruiter and a COACH.

  25. ottomanismydog says: Oct 5, 2014 8:57 PM

    With Tom Brady as his QB

  26. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 5, 2014 9:01 PM

    Niners, enjoy your final choke year.

    After this you won’t be in a position to choke.

    Harbaugh = a poor man’s Levy

  27. mustang6984 says: Oct 5, 2014 9:02 PM

    “Boy you all are creating a 49ers “Us against the World” monster. You can hear it all in their lock room. They’re closing ranks something terrible. They’re starting to look at everybody like an enemy.”

    Like YOU have ever been in the locker room eh?

    Harbaugh will be gone after this season. “Frisco players will be cleaning out their lockers after the 16 game season, and heading home for popcorn, the recliner and TV to WATCH the playoffs.

    Bank on it!

  28. purpleguy says: Oct 5, 2014 9:09 PM

    He must be one humongous pain in the rear for the 49ers to want to move on — the guy has been pretty darn successful as a pro head coach.

  29. joey49er says: Oct 5, 2014 9:14 PM

    lol here we go again!!!!!
    we won again and heres more drama that does not matter at all!!!!!! we beat the chiefs……let the haters began……..harbaugh is locked up for 2015

  30. bassplucker says: Oct 5, 2014 9:16 PM

    It will never happen but the Bears could really use Harbaugh. Between Lovie and now Trestman they have had zero intensity on the sidelines for over a decade and it shows up in a team that has become marshmallow soft the last few years and continues to lose games because of it.

    Harbaugh would bring a physical and mental edge that is missing on the Bears currently and would light a fire under their talented players who have been underperforming badly this year.

  31. justwinbaby29 says: Oct 5, 2014 9:22 PM

    Get it done, Mark! #Raiders

  32. blabidibla says: Oct 5, 2014 9:31 PM

    Still can’t handle the truth.

  33. ggggggggggmen says: Oct 5, 2014 9:34 PM

    While im not a fan of the cry baby blow hard harbaugh, if he gets run out of town by front office and players i hope niners have 20 years of losing seasons. Haubaugh has done nothing but win and win w a young team and qb. Teams would kill for that

    You dont have to like ur coach hes a coach, he wins thats all.

  34. handsomerob86 says: Oct 5, 2014 9:39 PM

    Harbaugh to the Colts? Seems like a good fit, they have been underachieving since Arians left…

  35. ballboy48 says: Oct 5, 2014 9:45 PM

    I think Stone Cold Mike Pettine is doing a good job with that team.

  36. pfu2 says: Oct 5, 2014 9:46 PM

    Browns finally have a good head coach in Mike Pettine & their 3rd round pick Terrance West looks good too. Good thing this trade never happened!

  37. melikefootball says: Oct 5, 2014 9:50 PM

    OH please say us from watching two Hairbaughs crying in one division.

  38. williraiders3 says: Oct 5, 2014 9:54 PM

    Having Harbaugh or Gruden would be good for the Raiders. The way I see it, if it’s not one of those two, it probably will be another Dennis Allen type coach. Gruden and Harbaugh are proven coaches. I’d rather have the Raiders have a proven coach even if they do nothing because they will secure more time and patients and possibly give the Raiders some stability. Another nobody that doesn’t win will be fired before they should be and keeps things shaky in Oakland (if that’s where they stay).

  39. 7to85 says: Oct 5, 2014 9:59 PM

    ggggggggggmen says:
    Oct 5, 2014 9:34 PM

    “Haubagh has done nothing but win and win w a young team and qb.”

    A YOUNG team????
    Hahaha WHAT are you talking about? Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd, Justin Smith.
    Young?
    This is why people should not talk about team’s they don’t know about.

  40. Klover Jane says: Oct 5, 2014 10:01 PM

    Better get the right coach

  41. bert1913 says: Oct 5, 2014 10:04 PM

    mike holmgren will be the Santa Clara 49ers next hc

  42. 33vikes says: Oct 5, 2014 10:05 PM

    I hate to rain on the parade. He’s not going back to college.
    He’s not an idiot.

  43. joey49er says: Oct 5, 2014 10:08 PM

    49ers are back in the winning ways…..harbaugh is locked up to 2016 he signed a 5 yr deal not 4 clowns…..And by the way to all u haters who said alex was better than kapp looks like u were wrong…are o line is not near what smith had and we won ….There goes all that….
    gooooooooooo 49ers

  44. phillyboypat5 says: Oct 5, 2014 10:13 PM

    Browns did just fine with Pettine…Jim is very successful but just seems to be a guy nobody likes being around.

  45. weddlesbeard says: Oct 5, 2014 10:16 PM

    eaglefan94 says:
    Oct 5, 2014 8:47 PM
    “Name me one championship he’s won.”
    2012 NFC championship.

    —————————————-
    Andy Reid, is that you?

  46. JSpicoli says: Oct 5, 2014 10:18 PM

    And “Joey”.

    Tell me how well doodle man did and how he won the game? Brandon Lloyd and Gore don’t wear 7, “Joey”.

    Your team is a lock for mediocrity and an early playoff exit, if they make it.

  47. zerocool62 says: Oct 5, 2014 10:22 PM

    7to85 says:
    Oct 5, 2014 9:59 PM
    ggggggggggmen says:
    Oct 5, 2014 9:34 PM

    “Haubagh has done nothing but win and win w a young team and qb.”

    A YOUNG team????
    Hahaha WHAT are you talking about? Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd, Justin Smith.
    Young?
    This is why people should not talk about team’s they don’t know about.

    You know that to prove ur point and that person wrong you named 4 players on a team of 53 right?

  48. thetooloftools says: Oct 5, 2014 10:27 PM

    Michigan is going to open the bank vault for this guy. Spoiled NFL millionaires cannot be inspired. Young college players want to be great.
    Good Luck Jim.

  49. 64post says: Oct 5, 2014 10:45 PM

    Lots of hater trolls taking out their teams loss today on Coach Harbaugh. Did I mention he won again today? 40 and 14 in the regular season, get rid of the bum.

  50. 49ersdiehard says: Oct 5, 2014 10:47 PM

    Harbaugh’s the best coach the 49ers have had, since Seifert and would be the best coach the Raiders would have, since Chucky (if a trade were consummated). He’s worth more than two 3rd round picks. At least that plus a top tier player already on a current roster.

  51. 7to85 says: Oct 5, 2014 10:52 PM

    zerocool62 says:
    Oct 5, 2014 10:22 PM
    7to85 says:
    Oct 5, 2014 9:59 PM
    ggggggggggmen says:
    Oct 5, 2014 9:34 PM

    “Haubagh has done nothing but win and win w a young team and qb.”

    A YOUNG team????
    Hahaha WHAT are you talking about? Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd, Justin Smith.
    Young?
    This is why people should not talk about team’s they don’t know about.

    “You know that to prove ur point and that person wrong you named 4 players on a team of 53 right?”

    Should I type out the entire roster? I was simply naming a few big contributors. Do you think the 49ers are a “young” team???? In Harbaugh’s 3 years the 49ers have had the 27th, 25th, and 22nd oldest average age respectively. Is that a better argument genius? Point is NO ONE considers the 49ers young by any stretch of the imagination. Thanks though.

  52. sportnorcal says: Oct 5, 2014 10:54 PM

    How do you know this report is bogus?

    Because someone claimed to want to go to Oakland. Nice try.

  53. mwcarolina says: Oct 5, 2014 11:02 PM

    i wonder, if the Browns did get Harbaugh would they have drafted Manziel?? my guess is no….as for the Browns, they seemed to make the right move at coach.

  54. rainponcho87 says: Oct 5, 2014 11:28 PM

    I truly believe he will back with the 49ers

  55. NoobTubeTV says: Oct 5, 2014 11:41 PM

    If the 49ers are dumb enough to let go of a coach that has had them contending for titles over the last few years – they deserve to lose him… and lose games.

  56. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 5, 2014 11:48 PM

    44mpo says:Oct 5, 2014 8:32 PM
    I’d take Harbaugh over Gruden in a New York second. Please Davis, make it so!

    ————

    Do you even know what a New York second is?

    It is the time between the light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn.

  57. gigem20 says: Oct 5, 2014 11:51 PM

    The Raiders really need to pull out all the stops to get Harbaugh. Like him or not, the guy has had incredible results with the 49ers and Stanford. He turned Alex Smith from an also-ran into a solid starting QB. I think he could do even more with Derek Carr who is more physically gifted than Smith.

  58. wallyspo says: Oct 6, 2014 12:05 AM

    He will be coaching in one of 3 places next year…
    Oakland, Ann Arbor, or Champaign.

  59. tripods68 says: Oct 6, 2014 12:12 AM

    How in the Hell Harbaugh go to Raider? There is where players ruins their career and coaches.

    -STUPID

  60. dickjagger says: Oct 6, 2014 12:22 AM

    Who would want to leave cali for cleveland? NOBODY! THAT’S WHO!

  61. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 6, 2014 1:15 AM

    “Mark Davis uses a bowl to cut his hair.”

    Yes but it’s a solid gold bowl with inlaid diamonds and rubies

  62. bullethead527 says: Oct 6, 2014 1:34 AM

    I hope the 49ers let Harbaugh go, i can’t wait to see all there bandwagon fans around San Jose shut up an go back to cheering for their 2nd and 3rd and 4th teams. LOL

  63. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 6, 2014 2:19 AM

    This whole episode is so bizarre. I’d like to see him go to the Raiders and get him out of the NFC because he is a good coach.
    Maybe the 49ers can bring back Singletary and Alex Smith LOL!

  64. jdphx says: Oct 6, 2014 2:36 AM

    This Raider’s fan wants NOTHING to do with Harbaugh.

  65. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 6, 2014 4:02 AM

    Considering the Current Browns ( since they chane every few years) had no problems blowing a first round pick on Johnny Clipboard they should give up a couple third rounders to get Harbaugh. I mean we slithered past the Titans, and the had their backup QB in and we barely beat them! The freaking Titans! Bring in Harbaugh

  66. goldrush4949 says: Oct 6, 2014 4:23 AM

    The Raiders job is the worst job in sports. Harbaugh would be an idiot to take that job.

  67. kipersdaddy says: Oct 6, 2014 5:40 AM

    im happy with pettine aka the half time ass chewer….. go browns

  68. dolfan34 says: Oct 6, 2014 8:43 AM

    Why would any team need to trade for him? Isn’t his contract up at the end of this year? Its clear the Niners don’t want him coaching them beyond this year, so why the need to give up anything? As a Dolphin fan my fear is that Ross is in love with this guy and feels the need to trade for him?

  69. steelers2014 says: Oct 6, 2014 9:11 AM

    Please keep the drama and the dysfunction out west

  70. araidersfan says: Oct 6, 2014 9:38 AM

    I think Harbaugh would definitely be the best choice for the Raiders to make. He recently turned around a moribund 49er team and he has ties to the Raiders. I also like Holmgren as an option (HC only) but he’s a bit too old. And I definitely don’t want to see Gruden back as he’s way overrated and ran the excellent team he inherited in Tampa into the ditch.

  71. indians4evr says: Oct 6, 2014 12:08 PM

    Well seeing how the AD and Head Football Coach of the school up north will be gone at the end of the season. Harbaugh, will have chance to remake the team and the culture to what it was when Bo, coached.

    There is some serious individuals that want Harbaugh, to coach at the school up north.

    For the big 10 that give the Midwest, Myer, Dantoino, Franklin and Harbaugh. If Fitzgerald, and Hazell can get it together. Wow, the Big 10 would have some serious coaches

  72. NinerTico says: Oct 6, 2014 1:26 PM

    “As it becomes more and more clear that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will be coaching elsewhere in 2015…”

    LOL! More and more clear, eh? What a joke. Again, Florio with his manipulation of words to indicate that Harbaugh will leave, another shot across the bow.

    Well, this ship isn’t stopping or sinking. Instead, we are in a steady course to continue what we did over the past three years under his tenure: Win football games.

  73. abqpacker says: Oct 6, 2014 3:39 PM

    I’m trying to find the “news” in this story. Wasn’t this known at least 6 months ago?

  74. davibaby says: Oct 6, 2014 7:36 PM

    We want Chucky. Period. JUST SAY NO TO HARBAUGH. No offense.. He’s a really good coach but not a good fit for the Silver and Black.

  75. mrfrostyj says: Oct 7, 2014 9:16 AM

    Is anyone going to bring up the fact that the guy in Cleveland who tried to make this trade was FIRED shortly after. Not to mention that the Browns are a possible wild card contender without Harbaugh now that they’re .500 after the part of the schedule the experts expected them to not win any games and start grooming Johnny Football and their next few opponents after Pittsburgh are fighting for 1st overall pick in the draft. On top of that they are currently the most productive second half team in the league.

    I think they got the coaching thing right.

  76. mrbigdaddyjoe says: Oct 7, 2014 7:16 PM

    Its obvious that alot people dont know swat. How Stanford done since and how was Stanford b4. Harbaugh is a good coach but to say we wont win is stupid. It has given structure to a team that was lacking. In fact the Front Organization knows what there doing. In Fact we have the Best G.M in football what he has done is remarkable. He has put us in a position that were going to be on top for a long long long time. Hahahahahaha. BTW Alot of trolls out there get a life losers. Must be nice having alot time to ve scrolling the team that they dont root for. LOSERS. HAHAHAHA Who’s got it better than ONLY US NINERS FANS. HAHAHA. LOSERS LOVE TO HATE.

  77. mrbigdaddyjoe says: Oct 7, 2014 7:25 PM

    BTW Just wait till we get Adon Smith, Bowman, and Ca rradine who going to supraise alot of people. Once we get them back were going all the way. Our Offense should be clicking because our depth on offense and defense is better than last year. Hahahaha.

  78. mrbigdaddyjoe says: Oct 7, 2014 7:35 PM

    Btw morons i gueranteed were more likely trading for Harbaugh and what is college going to give us in return? Draft picks. Hahahahahaha Harbaugh has no say because he signed so the only choice he’s got is to retire which he wont so forget avout him going back to College. Football fans are not beightest crayon in the box. Keep dreaming dreamers and nezt time please dont comment on sonething you know nothing about. Only makes you ignorant and just plain dumb.

  79. hrmlss says: Oct 9, 2014 12:57 PM

    Brown’s lucked out! This year 2 5ths or 2 6th’s and get a 7th back.

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