What in the world is going on between the Browns and Josh Cribbs? Here is the best player on the team, now a perennial Pro Bowler, and a guy who truly gives 110% each and every week. Losing him would not only mean the loss of a great player, but it would sort of annihilate an image the Browns have created, that of a team with a dangerous special teams unit.
…players with similar roles are making the following per year: Chicago’s Devin Hester — $5.45 million, Houston’s Andre Davis — $4.3 million and Buffalo’s Roscoe Parrish — $3.2 million.
There are not many people who will deny that Josh Cribbs is far and above a better player than the other guys on that list, and that includes Devin Hester at this point. I’m not normally one who gets behind players who want to tear up their current contracts for new ones, but Cribbs is the exception. He means enough to the Browns and the team’s fans to get a worthy contract and to be offered such an outrageous one is exactly what he and his agents say it is: insulting. Now, I can’t say I agree with the way they ran to the media about this, but owner Randy Lerner has been promising Cribbs a new contract since December of 2008.
Also, if you are on Twitter at all, make sure to follow Cribbs on there. He has been sending unfortunate tweets such as “Thanks everyone, I love playing for the browns & put my all in to it, but it doesn’t look good 4me at this point on returning…” I think Cribbs truly loves the Browns and it shouldn’t take that much to keep him in that uniform for the rest of his potentially Hall of Fame career. I know he’s only been in Cleveland a few days, but how could Mike Holmgren let a player like this go?