(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Cleveland Browns were close to acquiring head coach Jim Harbaugh from the San Francisco 49ers earlier this offseason, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.
Harbaugh has been the head coach of the 49ers for the past three seasons. He has coached the team to three NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl.
According to the website, a deal was in place that would have sent multiple draft picks to the 49ers for Harbaugh, but the coach ultimately decided not to leave San Francisco.
The Browns went on to hire former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to replace Rob Chudzinski as their next head coach. Chudzinski was fired after just one season in Cleveland.
“The team conducted an extensive coaching search, and explored several options,” the Browns said in a statement Friday. “That search produced an outstanding head coach in Mike Pettine, and we’re excited about his future with the club.”
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