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Waiting For Next Year:
Josh Cribbs shares with rookie receivers
I have a sister in mourning over the impending departure of Josh Cribbs. It stinks to ever have to say goodbye to players that you love as a fan of a team. Even as much as people tend to dislike Ray Lewis outside of Baltimore, there’s no denying that his career there couldn’t have ended more perfectly for his fans. Those situations aren’t the norm and certainly not with the history of the Cleveland Browns since Josh Cribbs has been in Cleveland. I will argue that this Cleveland Browns ending with Josh Cribbs is perfect enough though.
The heart and head aren’t usually aligned when fans think about NFL players. It is a brutal sport dominated mostly by young people who have yet to put themselves through the numerous car crashes it takes to endure an NFL season. That punishment and ability to withstand it is part of the mystique of NFL players that fans end up gravitating toward.
Few have played the game under those conditions with as much passion and zeal as Josh Cribbs. The fact is that it is precisely and obviously why a universe of Browns fans loves Cribbs. Yet it’s also obvious to most that the best thing for the team they love and their future is to continue to get younger and plan for a future beyond the presumed expiration date of Josh Cribbs’ next contract.
I’ve fielded the questions already.
Won’t Cribbs continue to contribute to whatever NFL team he plays for?
I believe so, yes.
Then why can’t he just continue to play in Cleveland and do that here?
There’s no easy answer to that question. It’s better answered in terms of the cold-hearted world of betting. Josh Cribbs is going to turn 30 this year and might be absolutely fine as a returner and special teams ace for the next two to three years. There’s a chance he will be better than anyone the Browns use to replace him. The fact remains that in the NFL, betting on a guy who plays a high risk / high injury-rate position like Josh Cribbs, you’re on borrowed time as he approaches 30. No matter how much you love Josh Cribbs, when it comes to facts that live in the head and trying to ignore all the highlights that live in our hearts, he’s no longer a good bet for a business-focused organization.
Assuming the next returner for the Browns could be Travis Benjamin, it just makes sense. Travis Benjamin is 23 years-old. He is a budding talent at wide receiver at least situationally. Most importantly, he’s locked into a deal that will give him a cap number right around $600,000 for 2013. I definitely don’t envision Travis Benjamin making special teams tackles, but that’s usually reserved for up and coming corner-backs linebackers and safeties with similarly small cap numbers. The Browns will be able to let three or four guys line up and play in their younger years with the same money that Cribbs would require all by himself.
The point is just that at this stage of his career, the efficiency of paying Josh Cribbs the money he’s worth and what he’s earned isn’t worthwhile to the Browns. In their current situation, to pay Cribbs a couple million per year to fight through his age, take a chance that he’ll stay healthy and also block the development of the next round of Browns starters from cutting their teeth in special teams isn’t all that worthwhile. Yes, they can afford it, but that doesn’t mean they should afford it.
So like many Browns fans, I am sad at Josh Cribbs’ departure. I wish him well and hope he finds a deal commensurate with his abilities and what he brings to a community as a person. This gives him a chance to say goodbye (for now) and let everyone know how he feels about the rabid community of supporters that has cheered him on. The fan base also gets the chance to thank him for his contributions and wish him well, and really truly mean it.
Would it have been nice to do this as a retirement party with every game played in his career as a Cleveland Brown? Maybe. Then again, there’s a chance that it could have gone south. Probably not, but you never know. Short of a Ray Lewis departure after winning a Super Bowl, I think this is a pretty decent “high note” for everyone to go out on.
So fare thee well, Josh Cribbs. Please come back and retire here as a Cleveland Brown on a one day contract whenever it is you decide you’re finished. Maybe there’ll be a spot for you in the Ring of Honor too. If I had a vote, I’d include you someday.
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Josh Cribbs said goodbye to the city of Cleveland in about as classy of a manner possible. He (or most likely someone from his camp) put together a collage of images from his time in Cleveland that tell a powerful story. Cribbs was signed by the Browns in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. He spent eight seasons with the team and made the Pro Bowl twice as a return man. He scored...
On Wednesday, former Cleveland Browns wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs reportedly signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Cribbs had been a member of the Cleveland Browns since 2005 when he signed to the team after not being drafted. He became well-known for his kick returning abilities during his tenure with Cleveland before transitioning into a wide receiver. With this being...
Josh Cribbs is possibly on his way to Arizona. But before he left Cleveland, he wanted to say goodbye to the city in the most creative way possible. And what you see above is what he came up with.It must be said the deal in Arizona isn’t official yet. But seeing as though Cribbs has been talking to many teams for awhile now, he seems to think that a return to Cleveland isn’t...
Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver/return specialist and
current free agent Josh Cribbs has flown mostly under the radar this offseason.
The dynamic wide out has reportedly narrowed his search for his next team down
to two, the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals, according to Mary
Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.
#browns Josh Cribbs has it narrowed down to the patriots...
Before free agents were technically allowed to start talking with other teams Josh Cribbs spilled the beans that his people were talking to several team (even thought it was illegal at the time). The fact that he is/was looking comes as no surprise. As talented as he is it would be hard to imagine him not getting interest from other teams.
Now there has yet to be any word on where...
We wrote a little about Cribbs earlier as it was first reported by Nick Underhill at MassLive.com that Cribbs was on the Patriots radar. Now it seems they are closing in on a deal.
Per @marykaycabot, #Patriots are faves to land Josh Cribbs, followed by #Cardinals and #49ers, source said.
— Christopher Price (@cpriceNFL) March 12, 2013
Josh Cribbs wouldn't add much as a...
So that's that RT @marykaycabot: Josh Cribbs to Arizona, source told Pd.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 14, 2013
So maybe "losing out" is a little bit of a stretch, but the Patriots were pursuing him and at one point were the favorites to sign him. Perhaps the Danny Amendola signing had them a little less interested. Amendola can be a returner too, though not Josh...
Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals. The eight year veteran and two-time Pro-Bowler, who was undrafted out Kent State, spent his entire career with the Browns. Cribbs left this very classy message on his Instagram account.
Included with the photo, Cribbs wrote: “It’s been a blessing to be in Cleveland,...
We asked Browns insider Lane Adkins about Josh Cribbs and his potential return to Cleveland. Here's what Lane said of Cribb's chances to return to Cleveland, or land some place else, like New England.
The Arizona Cardinals were really busy today. They ended up releasing veteran safety Kerry Rhodes and signed the following four free agents:
Safety Yeremiah Bell
Wide receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs,
Quarterback Drew Stanton
Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander
The Cardinals added some solid players to their roster today. They dumped Rhodes to free up more cap room.
Over the past 13 season since they returned to the NFL, the Cleveland Browns have given fans one playoff appearance, two winning seasons, and many laughable defeats. You can think of the franchise as huge bowl of delicious Cool Whip with a giant turd in the middle of it. However, there were a few bright spots that appeared over the years, and one of which was Josh Cribbs.
The Arizona Cardinals broke their silence on the open market, as they made many headlines on the second day of the 2013 NFL Free Agency frenzy. A week after moving on from Adrian Wilson, Arizona has now also reportedly released safety Kerry Rhodes, though the team re-signed Yeremiah Bell to a one-year deal and is also acquiring a proven young cornerback off the open market in...