We don't expect to get a definitive public word on the issue, but San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York made his most expansive public comments yet to Peter King of TheMMQB.com. (Even if it was only one sentence.)
ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio ignited the story Friday afternoon, reporting that the Browns and 49ers had worked out trade compensation for a possible deal before Harbaugh nixed it. A high-ranking Niners official told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, that the PFT report was "completely false" and "ridiculous."
Rapoport then reported Saturday that both the Browns and the University of Texas had reached out to Harbaugh's agent about a potential move. Harbaugh briefly considered the options and decided he wasn't interested. Rapoport reported there were no true trade talks.
We don't expect Haslam, York or Harbaugh to comment on the story much further this offseason. It doesn't help anyone.
The focus will turn from what happened to what will happen between Harbaugh and the 49ers before training camp. The 49ers and Harbaugh can't be comfortable with having their level of commitment to each other questioned.
There's one way to change that: A big, new contract.