NFL News: Josh Cribbs believes return to Cleveland is possible

Could Josh Cribbs return to Cleveland? The veteran wide receiver and Pro Bowl return man apparently thinks it is possible.

Brent Sobleski from The Orange and Brown Report says that Cribbs, a free agent, could stick with the Browns in the event that the money and role would be agreed upon. The team is reportedly showing interest in keeping the fan favorite in a Browns helmet, but what the “role” each side wants remains to be seen. The team has recently added wide receivers Davone Bess and David Nelson to fill the slot role, and appears ready to have Greg Little and Josh Gordon on the outside. Factor in that Norv Turner’s offense places emphasis on the tight end and Cribbs spent a good portion of last season pleading for more touches, and it seems as if the player would have to compromise more than the team.

As mentioned in a recent WFNY column, Cribbs has recently put his Cleveland-area home up for sale, but fell out of favor with the Arizona Cardinals when he reportedly failed a physical. The Cardinals later drafted LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu to help their return game, leaving Cribbs on the outside looking in.

In 2012, Cribbs caught seven passes for 63 yards and zero touchdowns. He averaged over 27 yards per kickoff return, but has not run back a kickoff for a touchdown since 2009.

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  • mgbode

    So, Cribbs would be our big FA TE signing?

  • Garry_Owen

    Free Safety.

  • Tron

    How did he fail his physical? Sorry if this has already been explained but I haven’t been following Cribbs in FA

  • humboldt

    Sure, why not?

  • Harv 21

    Previously favored that experiment, but if he couldn’t adequately learn the WR position at age 25, not sure why the Browns would devote resources trying to teach him yet another position on the other side of the ball at age 30. They’d be better off trying to coach up an undrafted player with raw talent who’s a real, ya know, safety.

  • Harv 21

    Joshie’s just getting panicky. Reality of the market for veteran special
    teamers was bound to collide with his notion of his own value. There’s
    no Pay the Man constituency for a free agent when his old team has
    started to gather real offensive weapons under a bona fide offensive

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Would certainly be an interesting experiment. I think Cribbs has (had?) the skill set to be a solid safety. But if we were going to do it we should have done it 4-5 years ago.

  • MrCleaveland

    Anybody want to venture a guess as to who Brent’s source is?

  • mgbode

    reportedly a meniscus tear

  • How dare you with your insinuations! The source said his name was John Krebz.

  • humboldt

    Cribbs with one good knee is likely still one of the top 3 overall special teams players on our roster (Ventrone, Bademosi are the only ones I’d rate higher, possibly Travis Benjamin if he produces this year, but not yet)

  • timmydeanjs

    Ventrone is gone

  • humboldt

    Indeed, good call. Then Cribbs is most certainly top 3 😉

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pay da man!

  • Natedawg86

    Who is this veteran WR Cribbs? We used to have a return man named Cribbs. He was good.

  • DONTpayTHEman

    No thanks. I am sick of his complaining and overestimation of self worth. He had a few stellar seasons as a return man, but I would like to see the team move on.

  • BenRM

    Give Cribbs Jim Brown’s mysterious job!

  • Garry_Owen

    I was really hoping that the hidden meaning in my comment was OBVIOUS. Apparently, it wasn’t. Sheesh, you guys have not been practicing your clairvoyance.
    By “free safety,” I OBVIOUSLY meant that I only want to see Cribbs back on this team if he comes as a free safety. In my mind, he’s kind of the “Travis Hafner” of the Browns: Obvious (diminished) ability, but with limited application. The problem is that if he’s taking up a spot on the roster, the coaches have to find some justification for playing him. With that in mind, I don’t want him to be taking snaps away from younger, probably more talented guys on offense, and I don’t want him returning kicks when we have an equally good or better option.
    If he MUST be on the roster (and I don’t think so), I only want to see him at FS. We have a need, and I think it’s about the only position that he can feasibly transition into – though I certainly don’t think he’s a natural FS.

  • Garry_Owen

    Agree. I think FS is the ONLY position that we can possibly justify making room on the roster for him (and honestly, I’m not really in favor of it – see response to Harv above).

  • cmm13

    Because you’d be paying a guy to do the one thing he doesn’t do well anymore.

    Camp invite as an exclusive gunner is about all I would offer.

    Then again, who am I?

  • TSR3000

    I think I agree but if he is cheap make him compete for the job as well as remaining the special teams ace. We have nothing to lose.

  • Garry_Owen

    You’re cmm13. Nobody can take that away from you.

  • Harv 21

    your first comment was better

  • Harv 21

    calling up Mary Kay to tell her that Travis Benjamin is “average”?

  • BenRM

    This is my favorite comment of the day!

  • Harv 21

    but that wasn’t my downtick. I RARELY downtick. And when I do it’s only after an insincere uptick, so that the negativity has been, ya know, cosmically pre-cancelled. Or something.

  • Jake The Snake

    yeah, but will he be ok with taking the small money that comes along with being a special teams only guy?

  • humboldt

    He would seem to lack leverage to negotiate for anything beyond a veteran minimum contract at this point. If I were him I’d take the deal – certainly beats a contract of $0.

  • humboldt

    Just a fact-check here: Cribbs made the pro-bowl last year.

  • Thomas Wynne

    3 words about Cribbs…old age home