SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The San Francisco 49ers were very close to completing a trade with the Cleveland Browns that would have sent coach Jim Harbaugh to Cleveland, according to a published report.

ProFootballTalk.com reported Friday the Browns’ search for a head coach involved a deal  that would have sent several draft picks to San Francisco in exchange for rights to Harbaugh,

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The story cited unnamed sources who claimed the deal fell apart because Harbaugh wanted to stay in San Francisco.

A tweet from 49ers CEO Jed York denied the report.

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NFL.com cited a 49ers source saying the story was ‘completely false’ and ‘ridiculous.’

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ProFootballTalk.com pointed out the Browns neither confirmed nor denied that they pursued Harbaugh, only saying they considered a number of head-coaching options and are excited about the head coach they did hire, Mike Pettine.