Josh Cribbs the Browns outstanding return man since walking on to the team in 2005 has 5 NFL teams showing interest in the non-restricted free agent. Non of those teams include the Cleveland Browns, the team that Cribbs busted his butt for over the past 8 seasons. The 3 time pro-bowler is getting interest from the the Giants, 49ers, Patriots, Cowboys, and Cardinals. All 5 teams see some value in this talented player. All five think Cribbs can contribute in helping their teams win.
Most of the teams have winning records, this is something Cribbs hasn’t been a part of that often with the Cleveland Browns. Cribbs came out a week or so ago and said he would take a small pay cut to return to the Browns and finish out his pro football career. After Josh Cribbs talked about taking less money the Browns still didn’t show any interest in having Cribbs return. The team must feel that Cribbs has little to offer the Browns.
If the 2 time all pro takes an offer from one of the 5 teams showing interest the Browns will be losing one of the most dynamic players on the team. Cribbs always wanted to do what ever it took to help his Cleveland Browns win football games. It is difficult to figure out what a team like the Cleveland Browns with 40 million dollars of cap space is thinking. Maybe the new regime doesn’t want an out-spoken player like Josh Cribbs in the locker room.
Cribbs has never felt shy about voicing his opinion about the things that take place during games or at practice with the team. Cribbs always felt he could contribute more to the team and when the head coach wouldn’t use him more on the offense, he had no problem letting the media know his feelings. Not only was Josh Cribbs an exciting return man each time he touched the football, he was one of the best cover men on special teams.
Many times it was Josh Cribbs making the tackle on punts or kick offs. He was a true proven leader which is something a young team like the Browns could use. Cribbs always was a stand out in Cleveland and the Browns could be making a mistake by letting him get away in the free agent market. It could be that the Browns are letting Cribbs test the market to get a feel for his free agent value before they make a last-ditch effort to re-sign him. But my gut tells me otherwise.
It would be great if the Browns would grant Cribbs his wish of finishing his career in a Browns uniform. It just doesn’t look like it is going to happen. I would like to thank Josh Cribbs for his years of dedicated service to a team we all love. Thanks for bringing excitement to a team that had very little of it. Thank You Josh Cribbs. You were something to watch on the football field.
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