Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed talks occurred with the San Francisco 49ers about possibly obtaining head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Although Harbaugh and 49ers owner John York denied that a deal was in the works to exchange the coach for draft pick, Haslam confirmed the talks.

"There was an opportunity there, and it didn't materialize," Haslam told USA TODAY Sports.

ProFootballTalk.com reported Friday that during an elongated search that included potential coaches rejecting the Browns, the team made a run at Harbaugh.

PFT reported that Harbaugh nixed the deal. Haslam wouldn't elaborate on why the deal fell through.

The revelation, though, underscores what has been apparent for weeks: new Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine was a consolation choice.

Pettine was prepared for questions about the report when he met with reporters Saturday at the combine.