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"Pay the man" pizza now being served in Cleveland

Lost in the recent brouhaha regarding the contract offer the Browns made to receiver Josh Cribbs is the fact that a local pizza vendor used an order from the team’s coaching staff as an opportunity to chime in on the matter.

Cribbs’ agent, Peter Schaffer, recently told Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal that the coaches were working late last week and ordered several pizzas.

On the inside lid of each box, someone had written, “Pay the man.”

In unrelated news, Deion Sanders has announced plans to launch a new chain of pizza shops.

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  1. twindaddy says: Jan 8, 2010 9:41 AM

    Now THAT’S funny.
    PS. (and this is coming from a Bengals fan) Pay the man.

  2. mooremi9 says: Jan 8, 2010 9:45 AM

    He is a glorified kick returner and that is it. How did paying Devin Hester work out for the bears ?

  3. gopher says: Jan 8, 2010 9:45 AM

    I have a solution for all players who have signed long term contracts and then have a great year and want to rewrite the contract. I suggest you do what the sales business does, set goals and provide a base pay and when they reach their goals they get commission and if they do not reach the goals they only have the base pay and a good chance that they will be gone. I have yet seen a player who has a long term contract give money back when they have a bad year, so this would solve it all. Fat chance of this idea to happen.

  4. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 8, 2010 9:47 AM

    I would have answered ” okay, I am giving the man your tip money.”

  5. NFLisBeginning2ReallySUCK says: Jan 8, 2010 9:47 AM

    Who really cares about Josh Cribbs … EVERY player has a short shelf-life and is replaceable. If the team sees him only as a special teams role player, then that is his fate in Cleveland. Heck … he won’t take half the abuse on his body through a role like that as he would as a featured halfback … and if he keeps his “game”, he should have a long, reasonably lucrative career with legs to carry his body off the field and into some next chapter of his life when it’s all over.
    True fans don’t really care about these contract squabbles … we’ve become SO JADED at the crap of people like Drew Rosenhaus, Albert Hainesworth, Brandon Marshall, T.O, Ocho Cinco, Clinton Portis, … etc. Hey, wait a second, aren’t those all CLIENTS of Drew Rosenhaus??
    When is PFT going to do an EXPOSE on the common thread between almost all of the “bad actors” muddying the sport? It’s so-called “super-agent” Drew Rosenhaus.
    If the NFL owners are really serious about a “lock-out”, why don’t they first test the idea against that stooge?!

  6. Hap says: Jan 8, 2010 9:50 AM

    The message was referring to a tip for the delivery guy.

  7. kennethnoisewater says: Jan 8, 2010 9:50 AM

    They really should pay Cribbs and use him as more than just a special teams player….. the man’s balance and ability to stay upright and smooth after contact (that’s what she said) are matched only by the likes of Chris Johnson.

  8. parasonic says: Jan 8, 2010 9:51 AM

    get him a skins jersey!

  9. DonTerrelli says: Jan 8, 2010 9:53 AM

    I lol’ed

  10. steveinohio says: Jan 8, 2010 9:53 AM

    that’s funny. Deion is a professional meddler. He is right though. Cribbs is the teams most VALUABLE player. Nice start Czar.

  11. SATAN567 says: Jan 8, 2010 9:55 AM

    And since this was in Cleveland, it is likely that the slimy pizza shop spit or defacated into the pizza itself, or did some other unspeakable action to it. If you ever go to Cleveland, do your best not to breath, eat, or simply go outside. Toxic place.

  12. ShootahCowboy says: Jan 8, 2010 9:56 AM

    That’s awesome.
    If it had been in Philly, there would’ve been several expletives in the box and the pizza would’ve been burned…

  13. RIP__21 says: Jan 8, 2010 10:00 AM

    Holmgren better up the ante and quick. Offering your MVP 1.4M is a complete joke. Leon Washington is not even close to Cribbs level and hes makes 4x that offered amount.
    The guy has given everything and then some to this team and he WANTS to stay; thats almost a vice considering the state of the team and its history.
    Pay up fools!

  14. DowninCtown says: Jan 8, 2010 10:04 AM

    As a browns fan (a four game win streak has given me the courage to admit this in public) I cannot believe the way Cribbs has been treated by this “organization”. Throughout the ’09 season, a Cribbs jersey was the only safe Browns’ jersey you could buy. Now there doesn’t appear to be a safe choice.
    The next jersey I buy will be Cribbs’ new jersey, whatever team he is playing for. And that will be the jersey I wear to games in ’10.

  15. PurpleNGold says: Jan 8, 2010 10:05 AM

    That’s hilarious.

  16. The Coop says: Jan 8, 2010 10:06 AM

    Haha, that’s pretty funny.
    I wonder when they’ll start serving “Honor The Contract That You Signed” pizzas.

  17. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 8, 2010 10:08 AM

    The meant the delivery man – pay him and stop looking for freebies!

  18. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 8, 2010 10:13 AM

    I agree that Cribbs is amazing (right now) but dude has a contract. Does that mean nothing to players nowadays? I mean look at Devin Hester, guy was a freak of nature three or four years ago for one season, but has been living off of that year for a while now is is average today.

  19. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jan 8, 2010 10:16 AM

    When I order a pizza, the box tops says “You’ll have loose stools for the next 36 hours.”

  20. jamesz23 says: Jan 8, 2010 10:20 AM

    They should play the song ‘I am the Walrus’ over the loudspeakers at the Browns Stadium to welcome Mr. Holmgren to town.

  21. pm18=goat says: Jan 8, 2010 10:22 AM

    It’s funny how players who are under contract are constantly not honoring their contracts. It seems like this only happens in the NFL and NBA.. I wonder what these two leagues have in common…..

  22. brownsLB says: Jan 8, 2010 10:22 AM

    If the players Union go on strike next year and their is not football. Why should the Browns icrease Cribbs contract

  23. Quagmire says: Jan 8, 2010 10:34 AM

    Plenty of other pro bowlers in their rookie deals that weren’t 1st round draft picks, hence underpaid.
    Miles Austin
    Ray Rice
    DeSean Jackson
    Sidney Rice
    Jairus Byrd
    Yet Deion only has eyes for Josh.
    Hmmm

  24. Dawkphan says: Jan 8, 2010 10:35 AM

    Shootahcowboy,
    Could you be more childish?

  25. TheRealARod says: Jan 8, 2010 10:36 AM

    I am so sick of all this honor your contract stuff. People sayin “if you play bad can the team take back money?” No but THEY CAN CUT YOU. Until the NFL has guarenteed contracts like the NBA and MLB (which you have less of a chance of career endings injuries in) players should hold out and get paid while they can.

  26. PolegoJim says: Jan 8, 2010 10:37 AM

    Cribbs CAREER CAREER CAREER Receiving Totals
    36 games, 288 yards, 8.0 ave, 35 longest, TOUCHDOWNS- 2, FUMBLES 18 and LOST FUMBLES 5.
    Those stats are HIS period, no excuses.
    The guy LOST more fumbles than he has touchdowns and he sees some type of ‘stardom’ in his tea leaves. That’s not about a bad team, that’s about ineptitude.
    He’s fortunate to even have a job….please don’t trade him to Detroit.

  27. ignoringthehaters says: Jan 8, 2010 10:38 AM

    A couple of things, first “contracts” in the NFL are a joke. If you signed a contract, quite frankly you don’t have anyone to blame but yourself and you just have to play better and hope another team will offer you something better and in the meantime, STFU because YOU signed well aware of how much money you’d make. If you truly think you’re a stud, sign a short deal, pretty flippin obvious. Second, the Browns are a joke; their “4 game winning streak” consisted of the Jag-offs, the Queefs, the Raiders, and the Squeelers. La-de-freakin da!! That tubby president aint gona help you when the only player on that entire team that has talent doesn’t want to play there. Good luck LMAO

  28. pdxbolt4life says: Jan 8, 2010 10:40 AM

    I thought when you sign a contract you are obligated to fulfill it?? When did that stop….oh right…friends of Deion.

  29. footballisfun says: Jan 8, 2010 10:40 AM

    “It’s funny how players who are under contract are constantly not honoring their contracts.”
    Owners also do not need to honor the contracts so why should the player have to? That’s why the guaranteed money is important in the NFL contracts. If Cribbs gets cut from the Browns they’re not honoring the other 3 years left on the contract. It goes both ways people. Try to keep things in perspective.
    If I saw that other people were doing the same job I’m doing and getting paid more than twice as much, I would question my employer too.

  30. PolegoJim says: Jan 8, 2010 10:41 AM

    P.S. That rushing/special teams thing isn’t any better:
    CAREER Stats:
    Attempted Rushes 95; Yards -620, ave- 6.5, long-37, TDs 2

  31. Festivus says: Jan 8, 2010 10:42 AM

    It was so mean of the Browns to force Cribbs to sign his original contract at gunpoint.
    But im sure if he gets a new deal and doesnt live up to it, he’ll demand they pay him less.

  32. Alexander says: Jan 8, 2010 10:44 AM

    If Devin Hester and Dante Hall are any indication, Cribbs has maybe one more good year in him. Kick Returners are not worth $4 million a year.

  33. leatherneck says: Jan 8, 2010 11:00 AM

    The people of Cleveland have a good sense of humor.

  34. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Jan 8, 2010 11:04 AM

    “It’s funny how players who are under contract are constantly not honoring their contracts.”
    The players are also forced into a union whether they want it or not, and they have no negotiating ability because they do not have the right to be unrestricted FAs for years. Also, the contracts are basically unilateral since the team can cut them. For situations like this, I can understand the player. For unrestricted FAs who decide they want a better deal after a year or two (like TO) screw them.
    “It seems like this only happens in the NFL and NBA.. I wonder what these two leagues have in common…..”
    I really hope you’re not going where I think you are with that.

  35. tatum32 says: Jan 8, 2010 11:12 AM

    I think he had a big year, but is essentially going overboard. if he put work into being a receiver and putting up 50-60 receptions AND kick return and punt returning then he could really make some money. Doesnt he have to wait for Holmgren to sign a GM….this is a crisis already, and the ink isnt even dry on the contract….what a mess.

  36. Saintnation says: Jan 8, 2010 11:12 AM

    I have a solution for all players who have signed long term contracts and then have a great year and want to rewrite the contract. I suggest you do what the sales business does, set goals and provide a base pay and when they reach their goals they get commission and if they do not reach the goals they only have the base pay and a good chance that they will be gone. I have yet seen a player who has a long term contract give money back when they have a bad year, so this would solve it all. Fat chance of this idea to happen.
    __________________________________
    I agree!!!
    Signed: Charles Grant

  37. pm18=goat says: Jan 8, 2010 11:19 AM

    Its too bad that there are only 32 owners and there are thousands of players too choose from, players need owners more than the owners need the players as hard as that is for some to believe.

  38. ShootahCowboy says: Jan 8, 2010 11:23 AM

    Dawkphan
    Only if I were an Eagles fan…

  39. scomibord says: Jan 8, 2010 11:24 AM

    # Dawkphan says: January 8, 2010 10:35 AM
    Shootahcowboy,
    Could you be more childish?
    What’s wrong…can’t handle the truth? Eagles fans always want to cry about the way the media portrays their fanbase. Then, every week, there is a new act even more idiotic than the last; and they want to cry that they are being picked on!!!! Waaaaaahhhhhhhhh, I’m gonna tell my mommy!!!!

  40. bluestree says: Jan 8, 2010 11:24 AM

    It is precisely because of the shortness of their careers that players want to make every dime they can. Often, they end up with lifelong disabilities. True, Chicago overpaid for Hester as it turns out, unless he becomes a premier wide out which is what they projected when they gave him the big money. If anything, the Bears ruined Hester. I don’t think Cribbs deserves 5 mil per, but he’s worth more to the Browns than 1.5 mil. Regardless, the dance just started, and the music is still playing.

  41. biggredd says: Jan 8, 2010 11:25 AM

    Cribbs gots a $2M bonus and $700K per year and now the browns want to double his salary to $1.4M when cribbs is under contract. The pizza box shoulda said, where’s the beef???

  42. Hovenaut says: Jan 8, 2010 11:31 AM

    It’s not delivery, not Digiorno, it’s shitty Cleveland pizza.
    Maybe Josh could buffer those salary expectations w/ a saucy promo gig. Think outside the delivery box Cribbsy.

  43. Adam_Bears_Fan says: Jan 8, 2010 11:35 AM

    “When is PFT going to do an EXPOSE” LOL – now THAT is comedy.

  44. Dixon29 says: Jan 8, 2010 11:51 AM

    For all of you who say he is only a kick returner let me ask you this, did you watch Cleveland play at all in the last month? I wouldn’t blame you if you did not, but Cribbs is the man!
    He is worth anywhere from 3.5-4 million per year on a 5 year deal, but only guarantee about 8-10 over the deal, that way if he slows down after 2-3 years the Browns could release him then and it would not cost them anything.
    PAY DA MAN! (more than 1.4 million a year that is).

  45. GoBrowns19 says: Jan 8, 2010 11:54 AM

    The problem is that Devin Hester doesn’t deserve Devin Hester money…and Holmgren knows that. They’ll up the price i’m sure, but Hester money is too much. We have him under contract for three more years…what’s he gonna do instead? We’re not going to trade him, and if we do, it will be to an NFC team we don’t care about.

  46. trickbunny says: Jan 8, 2010 11:56 AM

    Wow. It’s blatantly obvious that a lot of people making comments on this story don’t watch Browns games and don’t *really* follow Josh Cribbs’ career- Case in point, the numbnuts screaming about Cribbs’ poor “receiver” output and how he has more fumbles then TDs.
    While I have no idea why the Browns list him as a WR considering that position is, by far, where they use him the *least*, the fact remains that his rarely plays WR- so *of course* his stats in that position are far less than glorious- but , at the same time, his versatility blows one-dimensional folks like Devin Hester out of the water.
    Another case in point is the whining about “kick returners don’t make $4m a year.” Great. Maybe you shouldn’t rely on PFT for your only source of football news, because Cribbs agent said they would have been ok with $2.5m a year- you know, about *HALF* of what you’re implying he wants.
    And btw, did you know that $2.5m a year is still far less than the Browns long snapper, a guy who might see the field for 10 seconds at a time once in a great while, makes? Hmmmm… seems fair to pay the guy who was responsible for about half the Browns offensive output this year less than the long snapper, eh? The ball boy probably deserves more, too.
    Did I mention that this “kick returner” also is a more than capable RB, QB, WR, and Safety (not that he’s been utilized at safety, but there has been talk of it and he *is* a very good tackler.) Most other kick returners’ skills are pretty limited to, uh, returning kicks.
    Maybe Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, Jets, Pats, *whatever* fans- who know nothing about the Browns outside of what they read on PFT- should refrain from making ignorant comments about a team it’s painfully obvious that they *don’t* follow on a daily basis or in any real detail.

  47. DowninCtown says: Jan 8, 2010 11:59 AM

    “Ineptitude” “He’s fortunate to even have a job” From a Lions fan? HAHAHAHAHAHA
    Yeah, he’s only the NFL record holder for career kickoff returns for touchdown, in the prime of his career. He’s also one of the best in the league in kickoff and punt coverage. His contributions on offense are just gravy, necessitated by the lack of other options on the team.
    But this goes past Cribbs. If you are a marquis free agent, why would you even consider coming to Cleveland after watching how this team treats it’s team MVP and multiple Pro-Bowler?

  48. Packers in Germany says: Jan 8, 2010 11:59 AM

    Ditto Alexander.

  49. sand0 says: Jan 8, 2010 12:03 PM

    Cribbs wants an opportunity to have more of an offensive role and make more money. His clock is ticking, he’s hot right now, and he wants to make more than 1.4 million.
    If Holmgren doesn’t think it is worth it to open the bank up on him then Holmgren is probably right. But I bet there is a team out there that would pay Cribbs 2.5 or 3 and if Cribbs whines enough he might get traded and get paid.
    But there is a business side too. Cribbs is the Browns right now. He’s their most popular player. He probably is worth more than 1.4 million to them.

  50. VonClausewitz says: Jan 8, 2010 12:03 PM

    This situation is yet another example that It’s All About Money. It always is. All this lipservice about loyalty, etc. is nonsense.
    Cribbs only move is to hold out That’s it. He only has value to the Browns if he’s playing or if they can move him. And it’s worth the cost of him holding out for a couple of years if it means a better contract since he can still retain his value if he doesn’t play as he’s still young and without wear. The only math that makes sense is for him to hold out or to “play” like he doesn’t care. He can expect a contract in the 3 mill range and he has at least 2 more years left of being productive. So any compensation less than 6 mill total isn’t worth it. That’s on the low end. He needs to call the Browns on their bluff.

  51. HarrisonHits says: Jan 8, 2010 12:14 PM

    I understand the fans wanting to keep one of their best players, but the Browns would be idiots to give this guy a new contract. He’s only 2 years in on his current one with 3 years left.
    More and more players seem to think the papers they sign their name to are meaningless and can be tossed aside whenever their agent whispers more money in their ear. Giving him a new deal plays right into the hands of these slimy agents who push players not to honor the deal they signed.
    Would Cribbs have given money back if he underperformed ? Of course not. These scummy players and their agents should not be catered to.

  52. IsawFloriokissingBrettFavre says: Jan 8, 2010 12:16 PM

    “Owners also do not need to honor the contracts so why should the player have to? That’s why the guaranteed money is important in the NFL contracts. If Cribbs gets cut from the Browns they’re not honoring the other 3 years left on the contract. It goes both ways people. Try to keep things in perspective.”
    Good point!
    But I still disagree with his tactics. Going public with his disdain for the “organisation” (as he puts it) and saying that he will never set foot in the building again is probably not the fastest way to Holmgren’s heart.

  53. Steeler-lady says: Jan 8, 2010 12:19 PM

    I hate the browns with reasoning but Cribbs is their entire offense for the most part.. What he has done he has earned more than they offered. How do they know he cant be more on the offense unless they get an offense for him to play under…they cant even make up their mind n stick to one qb..
    They will regret losing him.

  54. Setobakura says: Jan 8, 2010 12:21 PM

    Brian Mitchell had a pretty good career as a full time special teams guy and part time offensive player

  55. Philly is Full of Fags aka ErieRat says: Jan 8, 2010 12:29 PM

    Not so funny the next time the coaches order their pizzas from a different place. Cribbs’ agent is a joke, he didn’t do the current contract, so the only way he gets some cash is if Cribbs gets a new one. You should look at his website, it looks like an 8 year old put it together. His list of clients along with the pathetic web site is laughable. He is a Rosenhause want-to-be. Here is his site for kicks:
    http://www.nflagentjr.com
    Cirbss has played well enough for a new contract, but give Holmgren more than two days! He has a few more important things to do first, GM, Propersonel guy, the draft. Hell, Josh won’t be able to sit out for 9 months, there is time. To go public with these childish demands and tweets, shows how unproffesional his agent is and how selfish Josh is.

  56. SterilizeTHenry says: Jan 8, 2010 12:37 PM

    You know you have a bad team when your best player is a special teamer.

  57. packers4life says: Jan 8, 2010 1:01 PM

    “Holmgren better up the ante and quick. Offering your MVP 1.4M is a complete joke. Leon Washington is not even close to Cribbs level and hes makes 4x that offered amount.”
    Maybe it’s because Leon Washington doesn’t just return kicks but also gets alot of playing time at RB? Dude Josh Cribbs is a full time kick returner who plays on offense a few times a game. No kick returner should be paid over $4 million if that is the only thing they are going to do every game.

  58. GeniusJoe says: Jan 8, 2010 1:05 PM

    Goodbye Josh.
    Unfortunately, you have highly over-valued yourself.
    the only reason you have such good numbers is that the Browns had the worst defense in the league. You returned 3 times as may kicks as anyone else.
    In addition, you give NO credit to the special teams. The were exceptional blockers for you.
    I will take my chance with another return guy. See ya cry baby.
    Don’t blame the Browns. Blame your lousy agent thats trying to get a deal to get himself off the hook.
    You don’t get long term security and big money. You and your agent chose security. That’s not the Browns fault.
    You are not irreplaceable.

  59. Dawkphan says: Jan 8, 2010 1:05 PM

    Scumbord,
    I don’t hear any crying here? I was just pointing out the Cowboy fans are so obsessed over Philadelphia that they can’t get them out of thier thoughts. this post is about Cleveland and he’s still whinning about Philly , I don’t see the corelation?

  60. Gweez says: Jan 8, 2010 1:08 PM

    Those of you who quote his Recieving stats obviously don’t know what you guys are talking about.
    He runs the wildcat and is a returner.
    Know what you are talking about before you run around quoting stuff.
    It’s like quoting Chris Johnsons passing yards.

  61. Richm2256 says: Jan 8, 2010 1:13 PM

    TheRealARod says:
    I am so sick of all this honor your contract stuff. People sayin “if you play bad can the team take back money?” No but THEY CAN CUT YOU.
    ————————————————–
    And that’s wrong because ………..???????
    If you sign for mad jack, and then suck, do you think a team is obligated to keep you at that inflated salary? They’re paying you what they think you will be worth. If you suck, guess what? You’re not worth that!
    In any job in real life, you sell yourself to an employer on your qualifications. If he hires you and you totally suck at the job, you’re done.
    If Cribbs blows away everyone’s expectations, then he’s fulfilling his end of the deal to not suck, he’s performing TO THE CONTRACT. If he can’t get out of his own way, he gets FIRED.
    How is that wrong, ARod????

  62. danlinker says: Jan 8, 2010 1:20 PM

    This is EXCATLY why guys like Deon and TO get attention. Because idiots like florio perpetuate it.

  63. JunkYardDawg says: Jan 8, 2010 3:40 PM

    Cribbs is definitely worth more than 1.4 million a year. And the Browns will give him more than 1.4 in negotiations. This is all just grandstanding by Cribbs’ agent. He’s telling JC “you’re the most popular player in Cleveland. Use the fans to put pressure on the organization into signing you.” We will end up paying Cribbs about 3 million a year, maybe a little more, maybe a little less. But Josh Cribbs will be in a Browns uni in 2010

  64. TheRealARod says: Jan 8, 2010 4:28 PM

    Richm2256:
    So basically what you are saying is that if you get hired at a job for 8 dollars an hour, and after 2 or 3 years you are by FAR the most important person and best worker at your job, you don’t deserve a raise because you agreed to work there for 8 an hour? Be serious Cribbs signed his contract for what he was worth at the time, now he is worth signifcantly more. The fact that you somehow think he doesn’t deserve to be pissed is ludacris because we both know that if you greatly over-performed at your job you would want to be financially taken care of as well, especially in a job that has such a short shelf life.

  65. texasPHINSfan says: Jan 8, 2010 5:09 PM

    ShootahCowboy says:
    “January 8, 2010 9:56 AM
    That’s awesome.
    If it had been in Philly, there would’ve been several expletives in the box and the pizza would’ve been burned…”
    You mean “If it had been in Philly, the pizza would have spit on it.” :D
    Too soon?
    I think Cribbs has a far request. You guys also have to remember he’s been promised a renegotiated contract twice now as well. Whether you feel he deserves it or not is one thing, but being lied to by your employer twice? Hey, you’d be pissed at your work if they did that to you as well.
    Frankly since contracts aren’t guaranteed, I think it is perfectly fair for a player to request a renegotiation more fair with their level of play. Until the NFL starts handing out *guaranteed* contracts, the players should have a right to renegotiate. :beer:

  66. MasterShake says: Jan 8, 2010 10:45 PM

    Cribbs delivers pizza’s in his free time? I guess he does need a new contract.

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