As previously mentioned, the NFL has very strict rules on gambling. That is due to concerns of match-fixing, an issue that has plagued professional sports and leagues across the globe.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended for a year last season, during which he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons, for placing three bets worth $1,500 during time away from the team. He never bet against his team and was cooperative with investigators.
The NFL also suspended New York Jets wide receivers coach Miles Austin for “at least a year” in December 2022 for betting on non-NFL professional sports. Austin’s legal team maintains that he never bet on any NFL games.
While the Browns are searching for the new voice of their team, they are also searching for a new identity on the field. $230 million quarterback Deshaun Watson was thoroughly unimpressive during his six games of action (after serving an 11-game suspension), throwing for 183.7 yards per game, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions while completing 58.2% of his passes.
Watson is also yet to pass the test of public perception after numerous women accused him of harassment off the field, which helped force his move from the Houston Texans to the Browns.
Kosar leaves Cleveland with a successful radio tenure, following a professional career during which he made two Pro Bowls (both with the Browns) and won Super Bowl XXVIII as Troy Aikman’s backup on the Dallas Cowboys.
It is unclear if the NFL will impose further punishment against Kosar. If it does, it could be a while before he returns to any league-sponsored pregame shows.