Free agent and former Cleveland Brown Josh Cribbs is close to signing an agreement with the Arizona Cardinals and a move to the desert, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer.
The Cardinals were one of five teams that reportedly expressed interest in Cribbs before free agency opened. Cribbs had wanted to end his career with the Browns, but the new regime were not serious about re-signing him.
In his eight seasons on the Browns, Cribbs never became dynamic as a receiver. His role was heavily reduced last season when he had only seven receptions. Still, he went to two Pro Bowls as a returner and can contribute as a Wildcat runner.
During his time with the Browns, Cribbs returned eight kickoffs for touchdowns, which is tied for first in NFL history with Leon Washington. He also amassed 12,169 combined kickoff and punt return yards, becoming just the sixth player in NFL history to reach the 12,000-yard plateau. In the season finale against Pittburgh, he surpassed Dennis Northcutt to become the Browns' all-time leader in punt return yardage with 2,154 yards.
Cribbs, originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005, was known for sacrificing his body on every play and for dishing out hits on kick coverage as well as he could absorb them.
Whilst the Cardinals already have Patrick Peterson on kick-offs and punt returns, Cribbs role may be diminished in that respect yet new Head Coach Bruce Arians will welcome an impact player on his weak offence who can motivate young players.
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