If this is so what do you all say about NE picking him up? Your thoughts.
Josh Cribbs on his way out with the Cleveland Browns?
Will the fans of the Cleveland Browns be seeing WR/KR Josh Cribbs on the field for the last time in 2012? Jeff Schudel of the News-Herald seems to think it’s a very distinct possibility. Because of the changes to the kickoff rules last season, there is less value in paying a large salary to a player which excels only at that specialty. In fact, there have even been some discussion this offseason that perhaps the NFL might do away with kickoffs entirely in the future.
Cribbs is under contract this season and will earn slightly less than $1.5 million. In addition to returning kicks, Cribbs also plays on special teams and was the Browns second leading receiver last season posting a career high 41 receptions. Cleveland sorely needs pass catchers and was mysteriously quiet during free agency regarding that position despite a surplus of receivers on the market this offseason.
Cribbs is a fan favorite and a player which is actively involved in the local community. Allowing Cribbs to walk next season would likely be another terrible publicity move for a franchise which simply cannot afford too many more. The fan base is restless and desperately wants to embrace a winning team. Since 1990, the Browns have posted a winning record just three times and since 1989, have only reached the twice.