INDIANAPOLIS--Pro Football Talk cited multiple sources as saying that the Browns offered multiple draft picks to San Francisco for the rights to 49ers' coach Jim Harbaugh prior to hiring on Mike Pettine.
The Browns neither confirmed or denied the report. Browns spokesman Zac Gilbert issued a text saying:
"The team conducted an extensive search and explored several options. That search produced an outstanding head coach in Mike Pettine and we're excited about his future with the club."
The site said that Harbaugh ultimately declined not to leave the 49ers. The last known trade for a coach was when the Raiders and Buccaneers worked out a deal to send Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay.
Later in the day during an exchange on Twitter between NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport and Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, 49ers owner Jed York interjected by tweeting the "report isn't true."