Holmgren Needs To Take Care Of Cribbs

gary wertmanCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2010

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 29:  Joshua Cribbs #10 of  the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Mike Holmgren needs to give Josh Cribbs the contract he deserves. It’s not time for mind games. It’s not the time for insulting the best Browns player in many years. Don’t open wounds that won’t heal. It’s time to reward the all time kickoff returner in NFL history. Cribbs holds the record with eight career touchdowns on kickoff returns.

I’ve been a fan of both the Cleveland Browns and the NFL for almost 50 years and I’ve never seen anyone play as hard and as selfless as Josh Cribbs. He is the face of the Browns. A two time Pro Bowler who has done anything and everything the Browns have asked of him. He plays wide receiver, quarterback, running back, returns punts and kickoffs and covers punts and kickoffs. Plus he’s only 26. Cribbs is in his prime. He is everything you want in a football player. All he wants is what he feels is fair. Now is not the time to disrespect the heart and leader of the Browns.

It has been my opinion every since Josh Cribbs became a Cleveland Brown, that neither Romeo Crennel or Eric Mangini have used Cribbs to the best of his abilities.  There’s not been enough effort to get him the ball on offense.  Cleveland also needs a safety, I bet he could do that as well. That is a tribute to how good he is. A player like Josh doesn’t come along very often. Cribbs already ranks right up there with the all time greats in Browns history.

It was reported that the Browns latest offer of 1.4 million per season, is about half the going rate for an average return man. Cribbs is not just a return man. I think the Browns know Cribbs is far from average, yet he’s getting paid far less than most of his teammates.

Mike Holmgren was hired by Randy Lerner to build a championship team in Cleveland. Don’t alienate the most valuable piece in building that team.


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