The San Francisco 49ers reportedly came close to trading head coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns for multiple draft picks. Both Harbaugh and the 49ers denied the reports.
You read that right. ProFootballTalk initially reported that the Browns were on the verge of acquiring Harbaugh:
The Browns’ unpredictable head-coaching search nearly finished with what would have been the most unpredictable outcome of any head-coaching search since Jon Gruden was traded from the Raiders to the Buccaneers a dozen years ago.
Per multiple league sources, the Cleveland Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to coach Jim Harbaugh.
A deal that would have sent multiple draft picks to San Francisco was in place between the teams. But Harbaugh ultimately decided not to leave the 49ers.
Harbaugh and 49ers CEO Jed York denied the reports after the Browns hired Mike Pettine: