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Cribbs calls Idzik’s comment on his knee a “negotiation tactic”


Jets General Manager John Idzik said this week that when his team took a look at Josh Cribbs, they found that his knee “isn’t quite there yet.”

Cribbs, who subsequently signed with the Raiders, thinks Idzik was just trying to bring Cribbs’ price down.

“I don’t know why the Jets GM would come out and say that other than use it as a negotiation tactic,” Cribbs said in a conference call with the Oakland media.

Cribbs had offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and he said he feels fine and will be good to go in plenty of time for the start of the season.

“I’m doing well,” Cribbs said. “We never had planned to comment on injury but we play our first game in September or August and it’s barely June. We’re not lining up to play football. If we were lining up to play football in June then it would be a hot topic. I will be ready to play football when it’s time to play football and I think that is the important thing.”

The Raiders obviously agree. Regardless of what Idzik thinks.

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54 Responses to “Cribbs calls Idzik’s comment on his knee a “negotiation tactic””
  1. goraidersgospurs says: May 17, 2013 5:44 AM

    Cribbs just torch them 12/8!!!

  2. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 17, 2013 5:57 AM

    Well given he wouldn’t be ready to play in June but is ‘anticipating’ being ready by August-September would fall under the context of “not being quite there yet” which basically confirms the comment by Idzik.

  3. flaccodelic says: May 17, 2013 6:02 AM

    I’m not sure I would trust either the Jets or the Raiders when it comes to player evaluation.

  4. britdawg says: May 17, 2013 6:12 AM

    “We never had planned to comment on injury but we play our first game in September or August and it’s barely June.”

    Damn, fell asleep on May 17th and lost two weeks of my life. What did I miss?

  5. johnnydom says: May 17, 2013 6:21 AM

    Hopefully now that he signed he doesn’t pull another “pay da man” campaign like he did in. Cleveland. Epic fail

  6. jg725 says: May 17, 2013 6:25 AM

    Isn’t bad enough that the jets are an embarrassment to pro sports and a joke as an organization – they need to drag other players into their web of nonsense??

  7. officialgame says: May 17, 2013 6:30 AM

    Even if medically true I don’t know of many teams that would publicly divulge medical information on a free agent they were courting. Not cool at all.

  8. autmnwind79 says: May 17, 2013 6:54 AM

    We are talking about the jets. Come on. They don’t want to win any games

  9. 4512dawg4512 says: May 17, 2013 6:55 AM

    Don’t try to bring Cribbs down Idzik, Cribbs is a class act and you’re not. SMH

  10. boknowsvt says: May 17, 2013 6:56 AM

    As a Raider fan, it’s been tough to be a laughingstock and the least respected team in the league over the past ten years, but we deserve it for sure. I have a feeling though that the Jets are about to assume the crown of least respected team this season.

  11. evrybdyhas1 says: May 17, 2013 6:56 AM

    No worry Jets have zero cred.

  12. olhoss1884 says: May 17, 2013 7:02 AM

    So basically Cribbs admits that he’s not ready to play yet and Idzik balked at signing an injured free agent? Like any player I hope he recovers and has a good year but I can’t fault the Jets for being cautious.

  13. clebrowntown says: May 17, 2013 7:11 AM

    Precisely what I said on PFT
    Idzik had two motives by his statement on Cribbs…attempt to ward off other suitors plus give the Jets leverage on $$$$’s on the contract.

  14. jthizz1 says: May 17, 2013 7:17 AM

    It’s not just barely June at all, it’s still may!

  15. torethatbridgeout says: May 17, 2013 7:19 AM

    Hope he’s healthy in time for training camp.

  16. peanutele24 says: May 17, 2013 7:33 AM

    I’m glad the jets didn’t get this dude .he’s just another average ball player .

  17. thesteelers says: May 17, 2013 7:45 AM

    A cheap tactic. One you’d expect from the Jets.

  18. rboutote says: May 17, 2013 7:48 AM

    Hah that would be interesting… When’s the last time josh cribbs torched a Rex Ryan-run defense..? Oh wait… Never.

  19. jcfinest says: May 17, 2013 8:08 AM

    30 year old kick return specialist. Just be lucky u got any offer. A year from now an undrafted kid from kent st will take ur job. Oh wait that’s how u got in the NfL.

  20. areyoudue says: May 17, 2013 8:25 AM

    So much for wanting to go to a team “that’s missing a piece of the puzzle to be great”. It’s always about the money.

  21. braven4evr says: May 17, 2013 8:26 AM

    I haven’t heard any other team make negative remarks about his knee. Now why would this guy say this unless their doctors are just being more apprehensive/thorough?

  22. godofwine330 says: May 17, 2013 8:34 AM

    That’s pretty dirty. I mean, gosh, these players don’t even have guaranteed contracts and the GM’s are chomping away at every dollar they get with outright lies trying to get the guy at half a million cheaper. This should be a sign for any potential free agents thinking about the Jets. It is wrong. I thought that when I saw thte headline.

  23. rubicon202 says: May 17, 2013 8:37 AM

    Let’s get it! Go Raiders!

  24. garyhd01 says: May 17, 2013 8:37 AM

    a couple bottom feeders fighting over arguably a one trick pony it serves idzik right in trying to save money the jets missed a chance to help their return team now I have Oakland ahead of the jets for this season power ranking Oakland #28 jets #31

  25. 11thstreetmafia says: May 17, 2013 8:46 AM

    Oakland, where careers go to die.

  26. csdaddy7777 says: May 17, 2013 9:31 AM

    goraidersgospurs says:
    May 17, 2013 5:44 AM
    Cribbs just torch them 12/8
    Yeah baby I’ll be in the house I hope he does

  27. oaklegend says: May 17, 2013 9:53 AM

    Jets are dysfunctional at all levels right now.

  28. skinsfanwill says: May 17, 2013 9:58 AM

    This organization just gets more “Classless” by the minute. I am absolutely sick of hearing about this trainwreck of a team. They will suck for a long time.

  29. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: May 17, 2013 9:59 AM

    Wow The Jets just always just shoot themselves in their own foot every time. Cribbs is now going to light these guys up now in December. Look for Cribbs to have a 3 touch down game against the Jets

  30. joemammy says: May 17, 2013 10:06 AM

    Having to choose between the Raiders and the Jets would be like deciding between going to the zoo or to the circus.

    I’m glad you picked the zoo, Josh. Fewer clowns.

  31. tibetsmoke says: May 17, 2013 10:08 AM

    As a form of revenge Cribbs should do something horrible to him. Like make him sit down and watch the raiders play the jets. The whole game, no channel surfing.

  32. raiderinvader says: May 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    @flaccodelic-yea because the ravens did such a great job evaluating McClain.just remember Ozzie hasn’t gotten every pick Travis””hands of stone””Taylor

  33. raiders814life says: May 17, 2013 10:37 AM

    Josh Cribbs Will Return One On The BROWNS AND JETS for The Raiders This Year Go Raiderssssssssss !!!!!!!!

  34. saints4life57 says: May 17, 2013 10:39 AM

    IMO Cribbs will be sitting at his Crib come September/August! HEHE sorry I had to!

  35. prijak1 says: May 17, 2013 10:59 AM

    Not signing Josh Cribbs was the best decision the Jets made… This player is a cancer to the locker room and he would if held the Jets hostage for more money when it’s time to play … Go Jets and yeah on 12/18/13 the Jets will score all over the low life Raiders

  36. judalation says: May 17, 2013 11:19 AM

    If im not mistaken, the Jets even had some bad things to say about GENO… before they drafted him…

    what a pathetic organization… and Im a JETS fan!

  37. browns627 says: May 17, 2013 11:29 AM

    it’s the jets.. enough said

  38. waldoampere says: May 17, 2013 11:45 AM

    Stuff like this goes on all the time from just about every team and every agent. It’s not that big a deal.

  39. radrntn says: May 17, 2013 11:59 AM

    have to admit as a raider fan, it’s been a very tough ride since the superbowl year in 02. Following year on MNF when Gannon got his coconut cracked by Derrick Brooks running to the endzone, nothing has been the same since.

    All that frustration and turmoil is comforted recently by the Jets. Man, we are passing the torch to you guys…good luck…..It’s a dawning of a new era in raidersville.

    Go Reggie, Go Raiders…..good luck J-E-T-S

  40. whosweetlou says: May 17, 2013 12:06 PM

    Im a browns fan and after watching him the last couple years he def lost a step. Good player to use in a wildcat or screen play but thats about it. Seems like a great locker room guy and he was also a charitable member of the cleveland community so i have a lot of respect for him. Just wish the browns had smart coaches throughout his career that wouldve used him to his abilities and not waste his talents. Dude had one of the funniest tv shows ive ever seen too

  41. mazblast says: May 17, 2013 12:21 PM

    Looks like Idzik has caught the Jets’ disease–chronic foolishness. Over the last 40 years, even the Lions, Browns, Bengals, and Cardinals have been better run.

  42. raider1so1penalize1me says: May 17, 2013 12:42 PM

    Hmm what about Garrard’s knee??

  43. tigerlilac says: May 17, 2013 12:55 PM

    Idzik sounds like the guy who the girl dumps in high school and he tells everyone it was because he didn’t want to go out with her. Those are the guys that worry more about what other people think instead of closing the deal.

  44. nflsecurity862 says: May 17, 2013 1:02 PM

    So the guy that brings Garrard in with a knee that wont even let him participate in training camp is now qualified to talk about the knee of a player he couldn’t reel in……….got it!

  45. sportnorcal says: May 17, 2013 1:04 PM

    Since only the Raiders really went after you, maybe he was being honest and other teams felt that way?

    Grow up Cribbs, it’s a business. And as a return guy your Knees are pretty important.

  46. lbcoach34 says: May 17, 2013 1:58 PM

    Cribbs is pretty “Stand-up” – he could’ve blasted back a lot worse…if a man were trying to take $$$ out of my pocket…

  47. bigjoe2269 says: May 17, 2013 2:28 PM

    Jet haters go play in traffic please

  48. flaccodelic says: May 17, 2013 2:41 PM

    raiderinvader says:
    May 17, 2013 10:18 AM
    @flaccodelic-yea because the ravens did such a great job evaluating McClain.just remember Ozzie hasn’t gotten every pick Travis””hands of stone””Taylor

    I don’t recall saying Ozzie has gotten every pick right. But I’ll take his track record against Al Davis’s any day, and I’m guessing if you’re honest so will you.

  49. IBleedBlueBitchez says: May 17, 2013 3:31 PM

    DuntDuntDunnanunnaDuntDunt Circus
    DuntDuntDunnanunnaDuntDunt Jets
    Polka dot Polka dot Polka dot Jets suck.

  50. elwaysteeth says: May 17, 2013 3:41 PM

    When Ozzie has been a coach, GM, Commissioner and an Owner, and then wins his third Super Bowl, then you can compare him to the Great Al Davis. Until then, he’s not even in the same neighborhood.

  51. raiderfanatic4life says: May 17, 2013 6:36 PM

    That remark by the Jets GM publicly only proves how unclassy of an organization the Jets have. It wasn’t about the knee being ready or not. It’s ready believe me. The Jets just aren’t smart organization and they don’t know how to do many things correctly. I can go on and on and on with numerous detail. I’ll just say one word “Tebow”. Bottom line is Josh Cribbs was a commodity in free agency and the Raiders landed him. Welcome to Oakland and let’s break some turf baby.

  52. benning89 says: May 17, 2013 7:40 PM

    Very classless by Idziot! I’m also surprised that teams are allowed to release info when it comes to issues dealing with health of players.

    Like others said, it’s a deterrent for All other FA’s, but Idziot may also be divulging sensitive health info that may/may not be grounds for a lawsuit.

    Regardless, Idziot sounds like he’s Woody’s Joe Biden.

  53. wattsrmyline says: May 17, 2013 8:47 PM

    Hey peanutele24 as a lifetime Browns fan I will admit Cribbs has lost a step BUT if the Jet’s had him and more average players like him maybe the Jet’s would be respectable.

    Watch who makes at least 30% of the tackles on the kicking teams! Jet’s loose again.

  54. eanxdivr says: May 19, 2013 8:46 PM

    Idzik is starting to sound like an Idzik-iot..

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