Josh Cribbs has played his entire NFL career with the Browns after playing his college football at nearby Kent State, and he’s eager enough to stick around that he’d be willing to give the Browns a hometown discount. Just not too big a hometown discount.
Cribbs, who is about to become a free agent, said on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland that he doesn’t have any kind of update on contract negotiations. But he’s still hoping things can be worked out.
“It’s at a standstill right now,” Cribbs said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I’m hearing a lot of different meetings are being scheduled with different teams and everything. My plan is to stay with the team as much as possible, even to take a slight pay cut. But at the same time, not huge pay cuts. And I’m trying to work with the team. I want to be a Brown. I want to end my career here. We have the coaches to do it now, to take it to the next level, and I definitely want to be there.”
According to Cribbs, he and his camp have shown more interest in getting a deal done than the Browns’ front office has.
“Right now, it doesn’t seem like the interest level is there with upper management,” Cribbs said. “I want to be a Brown. I want to continue my career here. I want to retire a Cleveland Brown, and that’s my intention. I’m gonna go as far as I can with the team to make a compromise.”
Cribbs said late last season that he was frustrated by the way he was being used (or not being used) in the Browns’ offense. He still feels that way, and he isn’t sure if the new coaching staff has any plans for him.
“I know I haven’t been used to my potential,” Cribbs said. “My thing with coaches and upper management — mostly with upper management — you draft guys and guys come in that’s new, they have to play. And it shouldn’t be this way. It should be the best guys that’s gonna help you win that play.”
If Cribbs wants to show that he can help a team win, he may need to do it somewhere other than Cleveland.