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USC made run at San Francisco 49ers' Jim Harbaugh

When we unpacked this week's biggest surprises from NFL Scouting Combine, Cleveland's from-the-wilderness pursuit of Jim Harbaugh easily took the cake.

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In the end, it wasn't just the Browns who went after the San Francisco 49ers coach. Along with the University of Texas, USC also made a run at Harbaugh, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

It's intriguing that multiple teams believed the coach could be pried away from the job he's held for the past three seasons.

49ers CEO Jed York told Peter King of that San Francisco "had no interest in pursuing" a trade with the Browns, but the more pressing question is whether York has interest in handing Harbaugh a fat contract extension.

"I don't know if all is well in San Francisco," Rapoport told KGMZ-FM on Monday. "Obviously there's some tension. There's a couple strong-minded, very smart, very hard-working football men that don't always agree. I'm not sure that's completely rare. But the more you start looking into a situation, the more you find out. So I certainly think it's worth watching long-term, but I don't think that's why the Browns decided to reach out."

The 49ers can quell doubts about their commitment to Harbaugh with a new deal, but the sides reportedly don't agree on the coach's worth. That's the heart of the matter here, and the reason why this entire narrative says much more about the 49ers than it does the Browns or USC or anyone else.

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