The 49ers vehemently denied the report to NFL.com, calling it
"completely false" and "ridiculous."
The Browns had earlier issued a statement that did not deny the
ProFootballTalk.com report Friday that a deal was in place to send
Harbaugh to Cleveland for multiple draft picks, but Harbaugh opted
not to leave San Francisco.
"The team conducted an extensive coaching search, and explored
several options," the Browns said in the statement. "That search
produced an outstanding head coach in Mike Pettine and we're excited
about his future with the club."
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin revealed that he has agreed
to a one-year contract extension that will take him through the 2015
Coughlin, who signed a three-year extension after winning the 2011
Super Bowl, will turn 68 years old in August. That previous
extension was due to expire after the 2014 season.
The Seattle Seahawks plan to release wide receiver Sidney Rice, ESPN
Rice signed a five-year, $41 million contract with the Seahawks in
2011 and is due $17.5 million in base salary over the next two
However, he missed the final eight games of the regular season and
the playoffs after he tore an ACL against the St. Louis Rams on Oct.
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Just one day after Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was
suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's
substance-abuse policy, he was arrested Thursday for DUI, according
to the Washington Post.
Davis was suspended indefinitely without pay Wednesday. The ban
began immediately. The 28-year-old is set to become a free agent in
March. He previously served a four-game suspension for a failed drug
test in 2011.
Davis said Wednesday the suspension stems from a supplement he took
that contained a banned substance.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew sounded optimistic about
the prospects of crafting a contract extension for All-Pro defensive
tackle Ndamukong Suh, even though negotiations have yet to begin
because Suh has not picked an agent.
"I finally talked to him yesterday and he said he's getting close to
picking an agent but he hasn't picked one yet," Mayhew said. "I
declined to start the negotiations with him right there. We are
going to wait for him to get an agent and we will get rolling."
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
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