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February 21, 2014
49ers owner denies Harbaugh-to-Browns report

Jed York, the 49ers' team owner, issued a terse and pointed denial of the report that the 49ers and Browns nearly pulled off a deal that would have sent Jim Harbaugh to Cleveland in return for multiple draft picks. The report said that Harbaugh ultimately nixed the deal. York took to Twitter to write, "report isn't true."

Hours later, ESPN's Ed Werder Tweeted that Harbaugh had sent him a text message that reads: "I echo Jed York's comment - isn't true. I know nothing about a trade between the Cleveland Browns and us, involving me."

Here's the timeline to which York was responding:

Two of the main points to keep in mind when it comes to this story: 1.) York and Harbaugh began discussing a contract extension last offseason but talks broke off when there was little progress. 2.) Harbaugh is close to former Browns general manager Mike Lombardi, who was fired earlier this month.

-- Matt Barrows
The report said that Harbaugh ultimately nixed the deal. Team owner Jed York took to Twitter to write, "report isn't true."


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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