Josh Cribbs Isn’t Optimistic But is Willing to Take a Hometown Discount to Stay in Cleveland

February 27, 2013 – 8:40 am by Brad Gagnon

Josh Cribbs is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in less than two weeks, and there’s a chance that could spell the end of his time in Cleveland after eight years with the Browns. Cribbs won’t rule anything out, and with a new regime in place he’d love to stay at a discounted rate, but he also seems to feel as though there’s a decent chance he is headed somewhere else.

Josh Cribbs joined Baskin and Phelps on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland to discuss his contract situation with the Browns, the new coaching staff, his feelings about his chances of re-signing, and his playing time. He also touched on quarterback Brandon Weeden.

On his contract situation:

“It’s at a standstill right now. I’m hearing a lot of different meetings are being scheduled with different teams and everything. My plan is to stay with the team as much as possible, even to take a slight paycut. But at the same time, not huge paycuts. 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.”

On the new coaching staff:

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with those guys again. I worked with Coach Turner at the Pro Bowl a couple years ago and I definitely know that they can help me succeed and use me like I should be used. And hopefully we can get this contract thing worked out.”

On if he gets the sense that he’s wanted back:“I’m familiar with the coaching staff. … Norv Turner, he actually utilized me in the Pro Bowl, the first Pro Bowl. He ran a couple option plays for me and he’s excited to work with me. But ultimately we all know that it comes down to the upper management and the organization, and after the coaches voice their opinion it’s up to them. … So I’m not too confident in upper management because I’m not sure of their plans, their intentions. Right now, it doesn’t seem like the interest level is there with upper management, but there’s ways around that. I gotta just weigh my options. And like I said, I want to be a Brown. I want to continue my career here. I want to retire a Cleveland Brown, and that’s my intention. I’m gonna go as far as I can with the team to make a compromise. And at the same time, I won’t devalue myself. I know I haven’t been used to my potential and all of that, but I just want to be able to help this football team see a playoff and get to the playoffs and see what we can do in the postseason, because I think we’re so close. And I [would] just hate to have to leave a team right when we’re on the cusp of winning, right when we’re getting the pieces together to make this a winning organization. So that’s where we’re at right now.”

On being surprised that he wasn’t used in the offense as much this past season:

“I was the most surprised. I was like, ‘What happened?’ I’m like, ‘Did I not catch enough [last year]?’ I was the third wide receiver last year and ended up being the second-leading receiver on the team, and I think I led in touchdown receptions or something like that. But it just disappeared. I know how the business works. My thing with coaches and upper management — mostly with upper management — you draft guys and guys come in that’s new, they have to play. And it shouldn’t be this way. It should be the best guys that’s gonna help you win that play. But when you draft a guy or you spend money on a guy, that player has to play or the person who drafted him or the person who got him looks bad. And I wish it wasn’t like that because when I didn’t play this year on offense, I’m like, I was talking to Coach Shurmur every now and then like, ‘Hey man, I caught this many balls for you and I didn’t have any drops. What’s up?’ But I kind of got the feel that it wasn’t coming from him, like it was over his head. And it was unfortunate because that was my best year as a receiver. You used me as a receiver, I came through for you, and let’s go further. And that didn’t happen, and that was saddening for me. And I did not want to have to go through that again, but with this new coaching staff I’m so excited to be a part of it. And now that my contract is up, I’m like, ‘Wow, it might be coming to an end here in Cleveland.’ But I don’t want to see that day come. So I’m doing everything, using the back channels, trying to stay a Cleveland Brown.”

On Brandon Weeden’s up-and-down rookie season:

“I think you’re only as good as the play-calling [and] being put in the right position to make plays as a rookie. Each rookie that comes in, whether it be RG3 or Luck, they have plays that cater to their skills, their talents. The coaches put plays in that they like to run, and the offense is tailored to them. It works out different for us when you have a rookie quarterback, rookie receivers, a rookie running back, a rookie head coach. We had a lot of pieces that were just starting out and things that were having to mesh together. I think Brandon did an awesome job. Sometimes it might seem like it took him long to warm up for a game, he seemed like he didn’t get a rhythm, but that’s just because he’s a rookie. He just got out there. Maybe it came easier to other guys, but as far as his talent as a quarterback and his skill level, he is the guy. He has a great arm, he can read defenses well and I think that this second year will tell the tale of his skill level and how much he has grown since Season 1.”

Listen to Josh Cribbs on 92.3 The Fan here

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  1. 21 Responses to “Josh Cribbs Isn’t Optimistic But is Willing to Take a Hometown Discount to Stay in Cleveland”

  2. Cribbs isnt that great we got players who can return kicks I think your time in cleveland has past its time for a new direction your not goin to agree to what Haslam & CO. w ill offer its over number 16

    By Kelly L. on Feb 27, 2013

  3. How thoughtful of our underperforming kick returner to be willing to take a “slight” pay cut. Please, show this guy the door. He’s his own biggest fan.

    By Tommy on Feb 27, 2013

  4. Cribbs has done some fantastic things on the field, but he has started to lose a step or 2. Management has no history with Cribbs so there is no real incentive to keep him here. On a positive note I think it is great that the KR is no longer our best player!!

    By BDawg on Feb 27, 2013

  5. Most of you fans have no loyalty. Josh has given us something to cheer for over his time as a Brown. We need to keep his veteran team leadership and we should re-sign him because of his dedication to the Browns.

    In addition, he will take at least 2 more to the house over the next 2 years.. Wouldn’t it be nice for it to be in a Browns uniform??????

    By RiskiDawg on Feb 27, 2013

  6. Man u guys are straght haters! Have u seen the guys stats??? Has broken so many records team and NFL we love this guy cribbs in Cleveland so pay da man

    By bobby on Feb 27, 2013

  7. Bobby is right, what’s with all the who cares show him the door bit? This guy was pur ONLY weapon in dark times. He was all CLEVELAND all the time. He plays 110% EVERY DOWN…takea pride in making tackles on ST. You haters should really thinl before you so quickly want a guy lile him gone..he has been the face of Browns football for the last few seasons. If you do go Josh, thanks for your hard work and dedication to team and town. Good luck and God Bless you. Wish you would or will stay.

    By cribbsy fanatic on Feb 27, 2013

  8. Sorry josh but we can use that money better than that. It a buisness of winning games and championships. Its not personal its just buisness. Good luck. BYE BYE….

    By New Era on Feb 27, 2013

  9. if it comes to keeping Colt or Cribbs for that 2 Mill.available.Keep Cribbs.I don’t care for his public lobbying every time his contracts are up, but at least he earns his money every season.

    By lakesguypaul on Feb 27, 2013

  10. The guy’s worth keeping around, especially while we’re so thin on ST and at the receiver position. He’ll help keep the morale of the troops up while we work through a new coach and owner. Although I can’t remember the last time he took a kick all the way back, I remember that I quit drinking long enough to watch. And trust me, being a Cleveland fan makes you want to not stop drinking.

    By Jimbo on Feb 27, 2013

  11. This is why I feel the Browns will never be a winning organization or Indians or Cavs. I was born and raised here and have been a die hard fan of all of our cities teams. The reason why we don’t win is because of us fans. We finally have a player willing to tough it out through thick and thin and stay and wants to play his best to help us win. If u can’t appreciate that then idk what kind of sports fan u are. Let’s grow up guys ill take anyone who wants to help the Browns win.

    By Matt on Feb 27, 2013

  12. Dawson, Jackson, and Cribbs have been the face of this team for a long time. They have given us the best of themselves every play every season. We as Browns fans boast all the time that we are the best fans in the NFL. Why then, would we turn our backs on players such as these, when they are coming to their end? If we do we are no better than the likes of men that have turned their back on us in years past. Cribbs has carried this team at times proudly. He has been a great player to represent us. No Browns player has played and sacrificed on the field as he has. After eight years he is still the first player to reach the endzone on kick off. With so much turn over each season. He has remained. our stadium is filled with jerseys of players that are no longer here. We need Cribbs. If for nothing else other than to represent who we are. Tough, hard working, never give up, attitude, passion, grit,accountable, WE ARE CLEVELAND!

    By MadDog on Feb 27, 2013

  13. Well said MadDog. Very well said, exactly what I wanted to say but with much better wording brother.

    By Matt on Feb 27, 2013

  14. Josh ,you are an inspiration to a lot of non drafted free-agents. Im also wondering why your not used in the slot position, getting you on the one on one coverages , strong enough to break tackles. Always one play away from the end zone . Haslim pay him the 1.5 million with performance base incentives. He will then be the all time leader in a Browns uniform. Go browns!

    By Puff daddy on Feb 27, 2013

  15. How many times has cribbs ran long kick & punt returns to have them called back because of the same 2 or 3 guys holding. Get rid of those guys! He’s always at the top in K & P return tackles. Also if they gave him the quick hit slants and let him run would make him a threat to be feared with. He stays….

    By Steve on Feb 27, 2013

  16. The dude is a steal at 1.5 million. What other receiver are you going to get for 1.5 million that you put at KR and PR. If we put him and benjiman in the backfield on SP where is the punter/kicker going to place the ball? If benjiman gets the ball on KR or PR great, cribbs can through a mean block.
    Not to mention what if weeden and Richardson get again this year and colt and hardisty are the starters you are going to need a wildcat at that point on a 2nd and 4.
    If cribbage is not signed its because management thinks they and the the team are better than they are.

    By Romans on Feb 28, 2013

  17. I meant if Weeden and Richardson get HURT again.

    By Romans on Feb 28, 2013

  18. One thing Cleveland respects is loyalty. How many athletes in recent history have accepted a paycut to stay in Cleveland. You gotta love him.

    By Pat McGroyn on Feb 28, 2013

  19. I really agree with Mad Dog and Matt – Sure hope Haslim uses his head and keeps Cribbs & Dawson – they are the backbone of the Cleveland Browns.

    By Valerie on Mar 1, 2013

  20. some of you fans that would dog cribbs out like that after everything he has given to and for cleveland should seriously be ashamed of yourselves,we are BROWNS FANS,the best fans in any sport in the world we are die hard we are cleveland.come on people get it together.

    By choo-choo-BROWNS on Mar 1, 2013

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