The financial adviser for University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar met yesterday with the owner of the Portland Breakers of the U.S. Football League.
There was no immediate word on the outcome of the talks in Youngstown, Ohio, between Dr. John Geletka, the Youngstown dentist who is Kosar's adviser, and Joe Canizaro, the Breakers' owner.
Breakers spokesman John Brunelle said Canizaro was "out wooing a longshot. Coach Dick Coury and General Manager John Ralston did not attend the meeting.
"Portland says they have a dire need for Bernie," Galetka said earlier. "He could save the franchise. He could save the whole league. It's in Bernie's best interest for me to talk to the USFL."
On May 8, Kosar petitioned National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle for permission to be included in a special supplemental draft following his graduation. Kosar is leaving school with two years of eligibility remaining.
The Cleveland Browns, through a trade with Buffalo, have the top pick in the supplemental draft. Kosar passed up the regular NFL draft, saying he wanted to play close to home with the Browns.
Browns owner Art Modell was en route to Chicago for an NFL owners meeting, but a Browns spokesman said the team is aware of the situation "and, we're fully confident Bernie Kosar will be a member of the Cleveland Browns" . . .
Former Maryland kicker Jess Atkinson was among eight free agents signed by the New England Patriots. Also signed was cornerback Howard Lewis of Virginia, who had tryouts last year with the Indianapolis Colts and the former Washington Federals of the USFL.