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Imagine Titans fans, Josh Cribbs wearing a Titans uniform and returning kicks and punts every Sunday. This is a fantasy which the Tennessee Titan's front office should turn into a reality this off-season.
Cribbs has been the most dynamic return man in the league for the past few seasons, and shows no sign of wearing down anytime soon. This past season alone Cribbs returned 56 kicks for 1,542 yards and 3 touchdowns! Not only is he a two time All Pro (07, 09) and two time Pro Bowler (07, 09), but Cribbs currently holds the NFL record with eight career kickoff return touchdowns.
The man is no slouch when it comes to returning punts either. Last season alone he returned 38 punts for 452 yards and a touchdown. This included five punts which went for 20+ yards and three that went for 40+ yards.
Trading for Josh Cribbs is a move which not only would vitalize a lack luster return game, but could offer endless options (no pun intended) for Titan's offense as well.
Cribbs scored touchdowns both receiving and rushing this past season, and is an ideal threat for the option and wildcat. Imagine being able to run the triple option with Vince Young, Chris Johnson and Josh Cribbs all on the same team. He also makes an ideal wildcat quarterback, which could offer yet another dimension to the growing Titans offense. Cribbs showed great poise as wildcat quarterback in Cleveland last year, running the ball 55 times for 381 yards and a touchdown. Needless to say the possibilities are endless.
Cribbs is not looking to break the bank either. ESPN has reported that he is looking for a long term contract in the 2.5-3 million a year range.
Making a move like this would take some ingenuity from the Titan's front office, but would be one of the smartest decisions they could make this off-season.