SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh doesn’t need to go of his way to deny the team was courting Peyton Manning as a free agent.

“One of your jobs when you’re in an organization is to make your team better, and I think you have to look into any opportunity you have to make your team better,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew. “With Peyton Manning out there available, I think anyone that didn’t look into it, other than a handful of teams, wouldn’t be doing their job.”

Harbaugh has freely admitted to “evaluating” Manning before he signed with the Broncos, and before the 49ers inked a three-year, $24 million deal with Alex Smith.

Madden pointed out Harbaugh has to tread a fine line since Manning ultimately signed with the Broncos, and later admitted he was very tempted to sign with San Francisco.

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

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