So everyone can now unclench their butts just a little bit. The best special teamer in the league is now the highest-paid special teamer in the league, as Josh Cribbs has signed a new three-year deal, worth up to $20 million. About $7 million to $7.5 million is guaranteed, and the rest of the restructured deal is loaded with apparently attainable incentives.
This is not a contract extension, as the same three years are left on the old deal, but Cribbs will now be paid much more than the old contract, which would have only paid him a little over $1 million. Mike Holmgren was quoted as saying, “To ask with three years left is unusual.” Yes, yes it is. But this is one instance where I suppose it was justified (though I go back and forth on how justified it was to throw a fit and whine about a lowball offer on Twitter), as Cribbs was underpaid in comparison to other players doing the same job, just not as well.