Kick return specialist Josh Cribbs wants to stay in Cleveland, but do the Browns want him here?
“My plan is to stay with the team as much as possible, even to take a slight pay cut,” Cribbs said on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “But at the same time, not huge pay cuts. And I’m trying to work with the team. I want to be a Brown. I want to end my career here. We have the coaches to do it now, to take it to the next level, and I definitely want to be there.”
Though he had 41 catches for 518 yards in 2011, Cribbs completely disappeared from the Browns offense in 2012. It’s been the same story with Cribbs for years – he wants to be used more – and that could finally happen under a brand-new offense that actually appears to utilize its personnel wisely.
But will Cribbs get that chance in Cleveland? According to him, the Browns’ front office hasn’t been very receptive to the idea of bringing him back, despite currently being flush with cash to spend.
Cribbs is reportedly seeking as much as $2 million a year, and has generated interest from the likes of the 49ers and Chargers. He wants to stay in Cleveland and it’s obvious the fans love him. If offensive coordinator Norv Turner and head coach Rob Chudzinski see a role for him in the offense, he’s certainly worth bringing back.
As far as other team icons go, it seems as though kicker Phil Dawson will walk. With that in mind, re-signing Cribbs makes sense as both a PR and football move.