John Idzik: Josh Cribbs isn’t quite there yet physically


Josh Cribbs has spent the last week or so paying visits to various NFL teams in hopes of proving his knee is sound and landing a job for the coming season, but one of the teams didn’t think the kick return ace was fully recovered.

Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Jets General Manager John Idzik said that the team had a good meeting with Cribbs last week, but found during Cribbs’ physical that the former Brown “isn’t quite there yet” after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus. There’s no word on whether or not the Jets have ruled out signing Cribbs.

Cribbs’ need to recover from that surgery squashed an early round of interest in the free agent, including a reported deal with the Cardinals. He has visited with the Giants, Raiders and Lions recently and told the Lions’ website Monday that he planned to take a couple of days to weigh his choices before signing any deal.

If the other teams share Idzik’s opinion, Cribbs might have to wait a bit longer than that to sign his deal.

10 responses to “John Idzik: Josh Cribbs isn’t quite there yet physically

  1. I loved Cribbs when he played for Cleveland, but I think his best days are over. Since the rule change, Cribbs really doesn’t have much to offer a club, other than punt returns. He’s an “Ok” WR, and on Punt Returns he had issues fielding balls, now and again. He should hang up the cleats, and retire as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

  2. His not being “fully recovered” shouldn’t be any surprise to anybody. Sounds to me like Idzik is using Cribbs status to ward off the others and gain leverage in negotiating with Cribbs agent.

    He’s a good player I enjoyed watching but yeah, he’s lost a step and the new rules suck for him.

    I’d like to see him return home to DC and line him up in the backfield behind RG3…or vice versa…and watch D coordinators freak out.

  3. Well, based on that little, “telling tales out of school” moment, the Jets would be my last choice if I were Cribbs.

  4. So in bounds or out of bounds for Idzik to say this publicly? On the one hand, I think it’s out of bounds but on the other hand, at least he put his name on it. How many times do people say these things anonymously? Wish he wouldn’t have said anything at all but at least he was man enough to put his name on it.

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