Cleveland has some interest in assistants

January, 21, 2014
Jan 21
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. --There is still a chance a San Francisco 49ers’ assistant coach will get a head-coaching job this offseason.

The only job available is the Cleveland Browns’ job. The Browns’ search is wide open. ESPN.com reported Monday the Browns did some background work on San Francisco defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and they had some interest.

Tuesday, 49ers’ coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed he has talked to the Browns about some of his assistants. He declined to specify who.

“There’s possibilities,” Harbaugh said. “Going into further detail doesn’t help our situation or their situation. Their search is their search.”

In addition to Tomsula, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio have received some interest for head-coaching jobs this year. Roman and Tomsula interviewed for the Minnesota job earlier this month.

Two 49ers assistants already have accepted positions back in the college ranks: Tim Drevno (USC offensive line coach) and Paul Wulff (University of South Florida offensive coordinator). Harbaugh said he looks forward to finding their replacements.

As for his own contract, Harbaugh declined to talk about it. Harbaugh has two more years on his original five-year, $25 million deal. He is expected to get a new deal this offseason that makes him one of the highest paid coaches in the NFL.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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