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NFL News: Josh Cribbs signs with Oakland Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with Josh Cribbs, formerly of the Cleveland Browns Browns.

On Tuesday, New York Jets general manager John Idzik said that Cribbs’ knee was still not fully healed coming off meniscus surgery, but the Raiders have apparently decided they would sign the NFL record-holding return specialist regardless of perceived issues.

“I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself yet again,” Cribbs tweeted. “Fresh start, new team, new chip on my shoulder!!! Love [you] Cleveland but now it’s #catalinawinemixer.”

Cribbs, 30, will play his first season in the NFL for a team not named the Browns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and  became one of the league’s best return men. He has been to three Pro Bowls and was named to two All-Pro teams during his tenure in Cleveland. Just last week, it was rumored that Cribbs could potentially return to Cleveland, but this failed to gain any traction.

The specifics of his contract with the Raiders are unknown at this time. Credit to him for the Step Brothers reference.

Update: In a statement made to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Cribbs said the following: “I am going to be for them until we play them. They are great fans. I love them just as much as they love me. I hope they win this year. I hope they get the job done and reach greater heights. I hope they root for me as a player and I will be rooting for them from afar.”

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  • Natedawg86

    He should get a LOT of touches there.

  • mgbode

    the Bay area now has both Dawson and Cribbs

  • JHop

    Not only will he get some time at WR, but I’m sure the Raiders will gladly let him take the reins at QB too.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    And much like in Cleveland only Dawson will be watchable.

  • MrCleaveland

    Godspeed, Josh Cribbs.

    Undrafted, he worked himself and willed himself into the NFL, and he became a star, setting NFL records.

    He was one of the very few Cleveland Browns who have made us proud over the last 18 years.

    He was a true team player, unselfish to the point that he WANTED to make tackles on special teams. He wasn’t one of those Pro Bowl divas.

    He gave back to the fans in many ways. Paying for the Kent State bus trip springs to mind, among other works of goodness.

    He wanted to be here, he kept out of trouble, and he was proud to be a Cleveland Brown.

    He spilled his guts on every play.

    We were fortunate to have him.

  • Sam

    Amen.

  • AkronPoppy

    And Colt. Apparently there’s a deal on plane tickets

  • Garry_Owen

    He’s not dead, dude.

  • Let’s wait for the physical before we make that determination.

  • Natedawg86

    I WILL BE ROOTING FOR OAKLAND, (to win more than the browns they need a QB too)!!

  • mgbode

    Maiava too, but I was only listing Browns players that might be missed 😉