Here is a link to a story which confirms there definitely were talks between the Browns and Niners about a trade for Jim Harbaugh. I wrote yesterday that when stories like this one break there usually is something there. I admit I don’t know the details or who broke off the talks. I do wonder if the relationship between the Niners and Harbaugh, and between Trent Baalke and Harbaugh has been damaged.

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  1. Rob

    Are things about to implode with the 49ers. It certainly seems so, given this article. But Tomsula replacing Harbaugh? I don’t get that if Harbaugh is given his ticket and severence from the 49ers.

    February 23rd, 2014 9:00 pm

  2. htwaits

    Me too, unless they come up with a reasonable new contract for Harbaugh — what ever that might be.

    Given the number of Stanford players that have been ignored, I’ve wondered about that too. There are three pretty good players that Baalke didn’t draft, and at least one of them is very angry, and thinks it was Harbaugh’s doing. Maybe it wasn’t.

    February 23rd, 2014 9:20 pm

  3. Dr. Feelgood

    This story should have legs, but it is stagnant. It’s not shocking that that if the Browns were inquiring about 49er coaches, and Harbaugh’s name came up, then they were, well, talking about him.
    That’s not a big story.
    What IS big are the details. Who and what were the stakes? What would Cleveland surrender to grab a Grade A coach, a coach with a clue, a proven winner and leader to guide their woebegone team to the promised land?
    This will be much more interesting when someone can reveal just what the “trade” package contained.
    Who will that someone be???

    February 23rd, 2014 9:44 pm

  4. Brandon Conway

    I would be shocked if the “talks” were more than the Browns proposing a deal for Harbaugh and the Niners laughing and saying no. Then flash forward a couple weeks when the Browns have been ripped in the press for their terrible head coach search, so they tried to save face by leaking that they tried to trade for Harbaugh and it “barely” fell through, thus moving their incompetence over to the 49ers. That’s the old political game of getting the media wolves to follow another scent and off your own.

    February 24th, 2014 1:43 am

  5. JB

    Just to be clear…

    The “opportunity” the Browns had to acquire Harbaugh was an unsolicited call and package of picks that did not include a first rounder.

    This more clearly explains why the Browns front office is a complete mess. Their “opportunity” to acquire Harbaugh was on par with a guy who says “hi” to the hottest girl in the bar and walks away telling his buddies he had an “opportunity” to hook up with her.

    February 24th, 2014 7:11 am

  6. CohnZohn

    JB, Are you sure of these facts? How?

    February 24th, 2014 7:46 am

  7. Dennis

    I think this say a lot about how bogus your first blog was on this matter: “49ers try to trade Jim Harbaugh”. Like in, it did not happen that way. Which begs the question, why are you worried about JB’s facts?

    February 24th, 2014 8:24 am

  8. dharte

    I’m surprised that Baalke is given such respect around here. Why? What has he done? This is a GM with a very modest track record before Jed York (also a modest “talent”) promoted him.

    Jim Harbaugh’s record in the league easily trumps either of these men. So is it unreasonable for Harbaugh to be skeptical of any Baalke power play? Let’s not forget Baalke tanked an entire draft in 2012, an unforgivable mistake in a league as competitive as the NFL. Whether 2013 is much better beyond Eric Reid, who knows? That “haul” of draft picks Baalke was so proud of provided nothing last year.

    If Harbaugh walks, Jed York needs to look at himself carefully: he would not have the new stadium without Harbaugh, and Baalke is a strange horse to bet on after the results of last two drafts. Perhaps Tank Carradine and Marcus Lattimore are players, but neither is a sure thing, and if they flop like Jenkins & James, what will Jed say then to the thousands who have paid for outrageous “seat licenses” (the biggest scam in American sports)?

    Jim Tomsula, Head Coach. Please.

    February 24th, 2014 9:14 am

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