Cleveland Browns Almost Traded For Jim Harbaugh

Published: Feb 21, 2014 17:32pm EST
By JasonNeal, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 21, 2014 @ 05:32pm EST


According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Cleveland Browns had a deal in place to acquire San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh.  While the questions swirl of what was rumored to be the asking price, there are several other points of contention with this story.  The biggest issue with this story is that Jim Harbaugh ASKED to take the Browns job when the Browns called the 49ers asking for permission to interview 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Greg Roman.  Why would Harbaugh want to leave the glorious weather the Bay Area has to offer?  Why would he want to leave when there is a brand new, billion dollar stadium opening next year?  Why would he go to the division that his brother coaches in and take over the worst team in that division?  Lastly, why would he leave a team that he had led to the NFC Championship Game three consecutive years and the Super Bowl once?

The other main point of contention is that Harbaugh apparently opted to stay in San Francisco. Cleveland must have approached Harbaugh with and absurdly low salary for him to say, "I know I asked you for the head coaching job with your team, but now that you and the 49ers have done all the work to put a trade together, I think I will stay with San Francisco after all."

Just to add one more point of contention to this whole saga, what would Harbaugh gain by going to a place like Cleveland where they choose to let go of head coaches on an almost yearly basis when he could have stability and luxury with the 49ers organization?  Does he want to be the GM and head coach?  It has been reported that Harbaugh and 49ers GM Trent Baalke have had some friction when it comes to selecting certain players or adding depth to the roster with players Harbaugh wanted but that Baalke ultimately decided against signing.  

Is this the beginning of the end for Harbaugh in his patented $8 khakis and his black 49ers sweatshirt?  Does he have no interest in bettering the 49ers as an organization?  Is the pressure of competing in the NFC West too much for Harbaugh?

The answer to each of the above questions is...doubtful.  The 49ers head coach and the Browns former GM, Michael Lombardi, are known friends and may have had some discussions in bringing Harbaugh to Cleveland, but at the end of the day, I would guess this was just another masterful move put on by Harbaugh to allow himself to be seen as desireable by the 49ers, as if they did not think he was already.  You can add the Browns to the list that includes the Miami Dolphins who courted Harbaugh when he chose the 49ers back in 2011 and to the Texas Longhorns who were rumored to be willing to pay Harbaugh $10 million per year to don burnt orange and white instead of red and gold.  This story ends with Harbaugh still being the head coach of the 49ers and getting a very lucrative extension based on a very solid chess match that will end up being mutually beneficial for the 49ers and their current head coach.


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