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.