Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores suggested this week, via his class-action lawsuit against the NFL, that Miami owner Stephen Ross offered to pay him $100k per loss in 2019 in an effort to get the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Flores’ claim isn’t totally surprising — there’s always been speculation about teams tanking to get a better draft pick. But this is one of the first times we’ve heard about an owner incentivizing a coach to lose.

On Tuesday evening, former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson gave his take on Flores’ claim.

Jackson suggested that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam paid him to lose games while he was the head coach in Cleveland.

Jackson coached Cleveland from 2016 to 2018.

In 2017, the Browns finished 0-16.

On Wednesday, former Tennesee Titan Kenny Britt, who was on the Browns’ roster in 2017, responded to Jackson’s claim.

Britt only played in nine games for the Browns in 2017. He was waived by the team before the end of the season. Cleveland.com reported in late 2017 that Britt requested to be released by the Browns (he ended up signing with the Patriots, but he didn’t play another regular-season game in the NFL after the 2017 season).

It’s hard to imagine NFL players or coaches willingly losing games — even if they’re being paid for those losses.

Most pro athletes aren’t wired to lose. They’re usually ultra-competitive — it’s why they’re pro-athletes.

I can understand Britt being perturbed that he played for a coach who possibly lost games for his own financial gain.

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