San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York insists that he never had any intention of allowing Jim Harbaugh join the Cleveland Browns, reports ESPN.com.
The Niners head coach - who has successfully taken his team to three consecutive appearances in the NFC Championship Game - was heavily linked with a move to Cleveland over the weekend, and according to Pro Football Talk the deal would've sent multiple draft picks to San Francisco as compensation.
However, York was quick to deny that any proposal had been agreed in an interview with the Sacramento Bee, and although he confirmed the Browns had made an enquiry for Harbaugh, that's really as far as negotiations went.
"Not far at all," York told the Bee when asked by the paper how far talks progressed. "We had no interest in entering those discussions.
"We want Jim to be our head coach, and we've said that very clearly."
Browns coach Mike Pettine was only hired on January 23, and in the aftermath of rumours linking them with a move for Harbaugh, Cleveland released a statement via owner Jimmy Haslam to reiterate the team's confidence in the recently appointed man.