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Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports that the Browns will meet with Josh Cribbs’ agent J.R. Rickert at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. This doesn’t necessarily fly in the face of earlier reports that the Browns were cool on the possibilities of bringing the special teams standout back. It is reasonable for any team to perform their due diligence with all their free agents. Rickert also represents Browns restricted free agent Chris Ogbonnaya.
Even with the Browns meeting, I fully expect Cribbs to have an opportunity to test his market value on the open market. If the Browns do bring someone like Cribbs back, I expect it will be a very favorable deal for the club only after Cribbs is unable to garner interest in a substantial multi-year deal elsewhere.
Cribbs will go down in history as one of the greatest Cleveland Browns of all time due to his record-setting performances as a special teamer and return man. Still, in a league where Peyton Manning can’t find a way to spend his entire career with a single team, it remains a longshot that a special teams player like Cribbs would be able to do so either.
[Related: Ben Watson, Mohamed Massaquoi listed as free agents not likely to return]
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Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan reports that Michael Lombardi will not speak to the press on behalf of the Browns at the combine. The Browns instead will opt to have head coach Rob Chudzinski speak for the team. The Browns always said they wanted a coach to be very involved in personnel, and in one of the first opportunities, they appear to be proving it.
In the end, it probably means...
Josh Cribbs has been critical in his assessment of how he’s been used offensively by the former coach Pat Shurmur. He’s told the media other players get opportunities that should rightfully go to him. However, Cribbs will meet with the new staff for the Browns, hopefully to get a more defined role in the offense, and get paid. The three time Pro Bowler wants to be more than a...
Speaking at the NFL Combine on Friday morning, new Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said he was “excited” about second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Chud said “I’m excited about Brandon.” Said need to see him out on field & evaluate more to know if Weeden will be starter.
— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) February 22, 2013
Despite said excitement, Chudzinski...
The more that theoretically legitimate journalistic outlets like Cleveland.com and ESPN Cleveland WKNR continue to treat the Browns’ in-house “reporter” Vic Carucci as anything other than a PR flack, the harder it is to ignore when Carucci says something especially ridiculous. So about the latest from Brownstown’s own Baghdad Bob:
The man who was hired by Mike Holmgren in...
Matt Borcas is a Mentor, Ohio native who recently emerged from a field of 4,000 competitors to land a part-time job writing about the NFL for ESPN’s Grantland. Matt’s weekly Browns-centric column on the NFL Draft will run here all the way up to draft weekend and through its immediate aftermath.
My last column generated an outpouring of tweets, none more ominous...
The Cleveland Browns picked the wrong year to have a Top 10 draft pick.
Then again, its a regular occurrence.
Except this year having that high a pick is sort of like the Browns recent seasons: Nothing special.
Because the draft simply isnt as loaded with standout players as it has been in the past. The buzz and sizzle are lacking as the NFL offseason kicks into gear this week...