WKYC and the Cleveland Browns may not value Bernie Kosar’s thoughts these days, but that didn’t stop the recently acquired Miles Austin from reaching out to the local legend. Austin, who wore No. 19 in seven of his eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, will reportedly wear it in Cleveland as Tom Reed of the Northeast Ohio Media Goup confirms that Austin reached out to the former Browns quarterback to obtain permission to wear said number this season.
Upon signing Austin, speculation swirled regarding the jersey number of choice, but Kosar took to Twitter to let fans know that the two had spoken.
Miles will be only the second Browns player since Bernie’s infamous release to wear the No. 19 on his jersey. Frisman Jackson, another cup-of-coffee Browns wideout, wore No. 19 in 2004, but the organization reportedly switched him to No. 88 after only one season without giving the wide receiver a reason.
This past April, the Browns and their broadcast partner WKYC removed Kosar from the team’s play-by-play booth, citing different opportunities to hear from the former quarterback. To this point, those opportunities have occurred only on Twitter.