Josh Cribbs still without word on future with Browns

Joshua Cribbs may have taken his Cleveland Browns helmet off for the final time.

In Honolulu for the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, the 29-year-old receiver and return man hauled in three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. But with his free agency off-season looming, the long-time member of the Browns, the NFL record holder has yet to hear of his future since Jimmy Haslam III and Joe Banner took over making the decisions in Berea.

For 2012, Cribbs did not score a touchdown in the regular season, covering six runs, seven catches, 38 punt returns and 43 kick returns. He was a large part of the field position game, averaging 27.4 yards per kickoff return and 12.0 yards per punt return — both figures among the top six in the NFL.

Over the course of the regular season, Cribbs voiced his displeasure about not being used as a weapon on offense. These cries were met with the same amount of silence he has received since Week 17. He also boiled over emotionally toward the end of the season, launching into a tirade on Twitter following a loss.

Fellow Pro Bowler Phil Dawson will also be a free agent heading into the 2013 season.

[Related: Browns drop final game to Steelers and start off-season of change]

(Source: Canton Repository)

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  • mgbode

    Gordon/Little/Benjamin – that is our WR-corps moving forward with room for others as depth.

    If Cribbs is willing to get limited snaps on the field while doing his damage on STs, then he is a valuable member to the team. If he’s not happy with that, then I’m not sure how many teams are going to try to force-feed a 30yo career STer the ball.

    I love Cribbs and want him on the team next year, but he’s got to realize who he is in the NFL and embrace it.

  • TSR3000

    Good not have said it better. I wish him well. I hope he is a Brown next year but at reasonable rate.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Yep. He’s still a top 5 Special teams player in the NFL. If he will sign a 2 year contract that pays him accordingly and can be content with limited offensive opportunities, by all means keep him.

    If not? Thanks for the memories, Josh. Good luck elsewhere.

    Dawson, however, needs to stay. Make him the highest paid kicker in the league if you have to.

  • Harv 21

    Josh may finally soon comprehend that his public complaining about his role is perceived by fans and the FO as a negative. Norv Turner, Chud, Joe Banner, none of these guys will be seduced by his canard that a creative coach will finally set his potential free. Love ya Josh, but we have real receivers and offensive coaches now. Time for the Browns to grow up and put away childish things.

    I agree. Keep him as a premier special teamer if he’s willing to accept that role and pay scale. If not, time for him to take that stale sales pitch on the road.

  • Natedawg86

    I agree and hopefully we won’t hear a lot about the lack of conversation with mgmt. It is JAN. The NEW staff are undergoing player evaluations. Once they determine Cribbs monetary value to the team a contract will be offered. At that time he can accept or move on, but Cribbs, lay low…

  • Natedawg86

    What Franchise Dawson? Thats unheard of

  • Natedawg86

    Boy it sure was exciting to see Benjamin back there for punts…

  • Wow

    Hate to say it but he can be replaced.

  • I for one will be pissed if the Browns get rid of Dawson. He is worth the money reguardless.
    As far as Cribbs, he has said he gives it his all while playing for the Browns, so if he leaves the Browns, then I guess his words, were just that. Words without meaning.
    He too should stay but if he isn’t happy with what he does for the Browns, then I guess start packing.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Amen. Take a hint from Brian Mitchell, Leon Washington, and other lifelong return men.