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John Harbaugh laughed at Jim trade rumors

As news of the Cleveland Browns' interest in trading for Jim Harbaugh has sunk in over the past month, it has become clear talks with the 49ers did not extend much past the Browns expressing interest.

Harbaugh and the 49ers have stated as much. That story was backed up by Harbaugh’s brother John, the coach of the Baltimore Ravens and an AFC North foe of the Browns. Thanks to Ravens’ NFL nation reporter Jamison Hensley, we get to hear Harbaugh’s thoughts on the matter. He talked about the situation at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday morning.

“I laughed,” the Ravens coach said, recalling his first reaction to the story. “First, I was ticked off because he hadn’t told me about this. I’m his brother. I’m supposed to know. I called him, and he just laughed about it.”

John Harbaugh said his brother was “incredulous” about the report. Did Harbaugh consider what it would mean to play against his brother twice a season?

“Only briefly, until I found out there was nothing to it,” John Harbaugh said.