San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York has responded to the series of reports claiming the team will move on from head coach Jim Harbaugh after the 2014 season.
Following a week in which Fox Sports' Jay Glazer claimed that the Niners coach would not return next year under any circumstances and NFL Network's Deion Sanders spouted off about a possible locker room revolt, York says no decision has been made regarding Harbaugh.
According to NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano, York called the reports "categorically not true," adding that he would like "nothing else than to be in the worst possible negotiating position with [Harbaugh]," in reference to a hypothetical Super Bowl victory.
While York is publicly standing by his head coach, he did not comment on a report from Pro Football Talk that the team nearly traded away Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns this offseason for a pair of third-round draft selections. As noted in the story, the suggested price for the coach's services pales in comparison to the package of two first-round picks and two second-round picks plus cash that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers paid the Oakland Raiders for Jon Gruden in 2002. If true, the report paints a different picture than the one York provided Monday.