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Report: Josh Cribbs healthy, several teams interested

Joshua Cribbs, Danny McCray AP

It’s been almost two months since Josh Cribbs came close to signing with the Cardinals before things were put on hold while Cribbs continued his recovery from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

It appears that the time has come to get the process going again. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cribbs is healthy and that several teams are interested in talking to him about signing up for the 2013 season.

The Cardinals may not be one of those teams. They drafted Tyrann Mathieu and said that part of the plan was to use him as a returner. After Mathieu was drafted last month, Darren Urban of the Cardinals web site reported that General Manager Steve Keim didn’t sound optimistic about a deal happening with Cribbs. Cabot also reports that a return to the Browns doesn’t appear to be in the cards.

The Patriots were another team that was reportedly interested in Cribbs early in free agency, but Leon Washington’s arrival likely took care of their desire to boost their return game. We’ll likely find out more about which teams actually are thinking about striking a deal with Cribbs in near future and it would be a bit of a surprise if he didn’t land somewhere before mandatory minicamps next month.

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21 Responses to “Report: Josh Cribbs healthy, several teams interested”
  1. pkoh15 says: May 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    Yes, that would be a surprise. Good all-around football player. Great special teams player.

  2. westampa says: May 8, 2013 11:32 AM

    The Bucs should take a look at this guy. I doubt Demps ever amounts to anything on the pro level.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: May 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    Dude was a Steeler-killer for the stretch of a few seasons (who can forget him smoking Farrior with the Wildcat an entire game), but his lack of skills as a receiver relegated him to nothing more than a gadget player. Randle El-ish.

  4. pgcubano says: May 8, 2013 11:40 AM

    get this deal done skins..he’s a local star…bring em home!!

  5. britishteeth says: May 8, 2013 11:45 AM

    Love ya Devin Hester, but this is your replacement.

  6. spideysdog says: May 8, 2013 11:52 AM

    if he wants a ring he can sign a one year vet minimum contract and back up Harvin on returns here in Seattle.

  7. mobuccsfan says: May 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    westampa

    Agreed. Signed in so I could say this–or actually, that wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa isn’t one of the teams that looks at him. And they strongly should. With Demps wanting to do track professionally, he wouldn’t even be ready until October or so? What about the first quarter and a half of the season? Cribbs could provide some excitement to the return game and in this game, having great field position is always a plus. It puts less pressure on the offense and if they don’t score, it helps pin the opponent deep–which in turn, helps the defense. I wouldn’t mind this move at all. Plus, he might just take one or two punts and/or kicks back to the house and that always helps too! Assuming, he stays healthy of course and with a team like Tampa–I don’t think he would need to do more than be a return guy.

  8. godofwine330 says: May 8, 2013 12:16 PM

    It is a damned shame they don’t want him back in Cleveland. They think because Benjamin scored a TD on a trick play last year that he is good enough to pass the torch to? I don’t think so. I think that we will see a significant drop off from his 12.0 yds per punt return and 27.4 per kick return. Why has he not scored on a kick return for the past 3 years? Because the bottom of the roster which the team failed to upgrade again this year has been horrible with as many as 10 long returns called back last years alone thanks to players like Ray Ventrone who did not seem willing or capable of blocking.

    I wish him the best, but the Browns Special Teams will suffer.

  9. bigkountry24 says: May 8, 2013 12:19 PM

    DC we need him. We have no return man right now. ‘Get er Done’ as they say in the south!!!

  10. brownoholic says: May 8, 2013 12:22 PM

    Love the guy but his glory days are behind him. I want him back but he is way overvalued….

  11. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: May 8, 2013 12:34 PM

    If cheap, Philly should take a peak.

  12. Grulks says: May 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    i wish Dallas would look at him. in addition to finally having a special teams ace, we’d have a proven 3rd WR. Unfortunately, the depth chart is already crowded with “hopefuls” like Cole,Beasely, and Harris. Man, its so awesome that our GM passed on letting guys like Amendola make the final roster.

  13. jimmyt says: May 8, 2013 12:58 PM

    “if he wants a ring he can sign a one year vet minimum contract and back up Harvin on returns here in Seattle.”

    You mean like a nose ring or something?

  14. jm91rs says: May 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    spideysdog says: May 8, 2013 11:52 AM

    if he wants a ring he can sign a one year vet minimum contract and back up Harvin on returns here in Seattle.

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    I was thinking Seattle would be good too, but no way he’d be behind Harvin on the depth chart for returns. Cribbs is a top 5 returner all time, and he hasn’t aged so much that he can’t do that anymore. Besides, Harvin is made of glass, why risk him getting injured and not being able to play receiver?

  15. illlogicalvoice says: May 8, 2013 1:10 PM

    We’ll take ya in Washington buddy….. but its gotta be on the cheap for this year.

  16. brownsfan2013 says: May 8, 2013 1:20 PM

    Grulks says: May 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    i wish Dallas would look at him. in addition to finally having a special teams ace, we’d have a proven 3rd WR. Unfortunately, the depth chart is already crowded with “hopefuls” like Cole,Beasely, and Harris. Man, its so awesome that our GM passed on letting guys like Amendola make the final roster.

    Check his stats before you think he’s a viable receiving option. If he can’t make it as a receiver with the Browns weak receiving corp he couldn’t make another roster as a WR. His return skills are, if not the best, then one of the best, but even those skills may be diminished because of the torn meniscus. We shall see.

  17. surfinbird1 says: May 8, 2013 1:49 PM

    Pats liked him. They could bring him for competition with Washington,and cut the one that don’t shine.

  18. cballlv11 says: May 8, 2013 2:30 PM

    KC doesn’t have a return man after cutting Javier Arenas… Come on over JC!!!

  19. crownofthehelmet says: May 8, 2013 3:58 PM

    Cribbs is holding all the cards, from his perspective. Wherever he goes will be a huge upgrade over CLE. JC is lovin life these days.

  20. kwjsb says: May 8, 2013 4:32 PM

    OK Joe and Mike,
    Offer him a reasonable contract for a talented returner and special teams guy, If he turns it down the fans will forgive you, Do nothing like with Dawson and the mistrust will continue…..

  21. clebrowntown says: May 8, 2013 4:33 PM

    I’d love to see Cribbs in a burgundy & gold uniform doing both special teams and offense. The possibilities of Cribbs and RG3 together on offense are just too rich to ignore. He’s lost a step but he’s also matured and learned when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.
    If it happens I’d be heading down to FedEx a couple times a year to sing HTTR and watch Cribbs & RG3 put on a show

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