Yes, Clowney is a freak

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Harbaugh/Niners/Browns story continues to evolve.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed to USA Today's Jarrett Bell that his team had indeed pursued a trade for Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Haslam did not get into the details of whether compensation was discussed, or of who nixed the deal. Reports had suggested that Cleveland would have sent multiple high draft choices to San Francisco, but that Harbaugh himself had turned down the move.

After first having issued an incredulous denial, Niners owner Jed York now acknowledges having been approached by the Browns, although he said the Niners "had no interest in pursuing it."

Of course, this was only days after York first called the PFT report "completely false," and his team also took over a year to acknowledge a pursuit of one Peyton Manning.

All coaches and owners tend to be full of $hit when they're speaking publicly, but Niners brass has been particularly bold in taking us all for schmucks. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.

As for how this will impact the Niners going forward, Jason La Canfora writes that Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke are barely on speaking terms, and mostly communicate via email.

According to La Canfora, the relationship between the two men is "much worse" than it's been portrayed, and the Niners will eventually have to make a choice between them.

JLC thinks teams will continue to try to pry Harbaugh away from the Niners, with the Dolphins a prime candidate.

Broncos

Is John Elway suggesting that Danny Trevathan is going to man the Mike this year? Probably not, but one could read his quote that way.

Here comes another hit piece on Von Miller from Jeff Legwold, without any mention of the 2015 option that Denver faces with Von this offseason.

Legwold says the Broncos have spent plenty of time discussing Saginaw Valley State wideout Jeff Janis, who clocked a sub-4.4 time on Sunday.

According to OTC, the Broncos should have about $15M in cap space to work with; Andrew Cohen predicts Eric Decker will land a big deal with the Browns or Jets.

If one were to guess which Broncos player is paid the most relative to his position leaguewide, one would probably guess Peyton Manning, right? Of course not; it's Matt Prater!

News

Seattle is expected to cut DE Red Bryant in a cap-related move.

Along with Tony Gonzalez, Bart Scott will join the CBS studio crew, with the two men replacing Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino.

Rosterbation

Offseason plans for Dallas, Washington, and Houston.

PFF ranks the top free agent tight ends.

Combine

South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney ran an eye-popping 4.47-second forty this morning but won't be participating in any more on-field drills.

Auburn DE Dee Ford (mocked by many to Denver at #31) says his technique is far more polished than is Clowney's, likening the Gamecocks freak to a "blind dog in a meat market." Meanwhile, Ford is not participating in the combine, thanks to a medical exclusion.

Notre Dame pass rusher Stephon Tuitt will undergo foot surgery soon, and is not working out today in Indy.

Kent State RB Dri Archer nearly matched Chris Johnson's combine record with a 4.28-second forty.

RB Adam Muema, who took over as SDSU's main back following the departure of Ronnie Hillman, abruptly left the combine on Sunday, citing a conversation with God. Hoo boy.

Combine notes from Mike TanierDoug Farrar, Bucky BrooksChris BurkeMatt Bowen, and John Clayton.

Russ Lande scouts LSU wideout Odell Beckham, whom he calls a sure first-rounder.

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