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NFL Free Agency: Josh Cribbs draws interest from NE, NYG, SF, DAL, ARZ

Browns wide receiver/return man Joshua Cribbs is drawing interest from four teams in NFL free agency, according to The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Update: Mary Kay Cabot later tweeted out that those four teams were the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and Dallas Cowboys, adding the New York Giants to make it five.

Given Cribbs’s desire for a greater role in the offense the last few years and the drafting of lightning-quick wide receiver Travis Benjamin, many believe that Cribbs is not expected back in orange and brown. Last season, Cribbs caught 7 passes for 63 yards and carried the ball 6 times for 42 yards. He did not score a touchdown last season, but he did break four kick or punt returns 40 yards or more. For his career, Cribbs in eight seasons has 1,161 yards receiving, 753 yards rushing, and 20 total touchdowns (11 via the return game).

Cribbs signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005, and was instantly a fan favorite. Cribbs shares the record with Leon Washington for most career kickoff returns for touchdowns with 8 and is one of the handful to have two in the same game (Kansas City – 2009).

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If Tony Grossi had done something like this he’d have been demolished but not one comments on how “the source” fails to name any of the four teams supposedly interested. I only bothered to comment because this is the perfect illustration to why I don’t bother with Twitter or all of the rumors in sporting off-seasons.

  • Jaker

    It’s going to be SanFran, hopefully over NE or NYG.

    I don’t know about you guys but I’m a little disappointed if he leaves. He made it obvious that he wants to be here and was willing to take a paycut to stay. Under 2 mil a year for a return ace, fan fave and special teams stud? Isn’t this a great bargain? Guy has worked so hard to get here and has been in NE Ohio for over a decade(including college), give him one final payday. It’s barely a payday considering our cap space.

    … And sign Phil as well. Please

  • gren

    Under 2 million, for a special teams player? No, that’s not a great bargain. That’s not even a good bargain.

  • Natedawg86

    Why would sf (Ginn) sign him?

  • mgbode

    he might be cheaper than Ginn and make him expendable?

  • mgbode

    good luck to Cribbs wherever he may land (out of the division)

  • Jaker

    Not a bargain if he was JUST a Special Teams Player. But couple that with him being one of the best special teamers, best return men, WR depth(not much, but he’s depth), wildcat(for what its worth), and a fan fave(this is last) and you have yourself a no-brainer bargain.

    If we were to let him go, we would need to find another WR (on top of the one we need already), we would need to figure out our KR( Belle Glade Blur would be our PR, but is he our KR as well?), and we would need to find more guys willing to play ST, and play them well. That would cost more than 2 mil. Wouldn’t it just be easier to bring back Cribbs?

    By filling those multiple needs, he also allows us to use other roster spots on other players, such as depth to help us transition to the 3-4.

  • Jaker

    Mgbode is correct, it seems like Ted Ginn is leaving town. Also, Brad Seely is the STC, would love to have Cribbs back.

  • Steve

    You can get a more than adequate special teamer for less than half that.