University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar decided today to pass up next week's NFL draft so he can play for the Cleveland Browns rather than the Minnesota Vikings.
"I just wanted to go home," said Kosar, a 6-foot-5 native of Boardman, Ohio, who led the Hurricanes to the national championship in 1983.
Kosar set 22 school records, including most yards gained passing in a career (5,971) and most touchdown passes in a career (40). He completed 62.3 percent of his passes.
Kosar made it official that he will complete his college studies and make himself available for a supplemental draft this summer. The decision clears the way for the Browns to pick him then.
The Vikings had traded with Houston for the rights to the second pick in the April 30 general draft specifically to get Kosar after Buffalo committed its No. 1 choice by signing Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith.
"I looked into the Minnesota situation deeply because of the situation with their domed stadium and because of my relationship with (former Miami quarterback coach) Marc Trestman," Kosar told a news conference at the university athletic complex. "I guess the decision came to playing for the home-town team."
The Browns obtained the rights to the first choice in the supplemental draft through a trade with Buffalo.
"We are encouraged by this news concerning Bernie Kosar and we feel it enhances the possibility of the Cleveland Browns signing him," Browns owner Art Modell said.
In a ruling Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle had freed Kosar to sign with the Browns or join the Vikings.