Deal Is Close For Cribbs, Increased Role As Well

gary wertmanCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 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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The Cleveland Browns and Josh Cribbs are getting closer to a new deal that will satisfy both parties. The Browns have said Cribbs role on offense will be increased. Maybe to justify the extra money they will be paying for his services. In today’s era of  me first players who only care about their stats, Josh Cribbs is a total team player. If any player deserves a raise, he does. As for his role, he’ll do whatever it takes to help the team.

I have called for Cribbs to get the ball more ever since he joined the Browns. On a team that has struggled mightily on offense, it’s hard to figure out why their most explosive player doesn’t get the ball more. A few carries from the Wildcat isn’t enough.

At wide receiver, Cribbs was learning a new position while Cleveland was struggling to find a  quarterback. I keep trying to imagine how he would look at slot receiver in the role of a Wes Welker? Catching three yard passes on the run and letting his play making abilities take over. My guess is pretty good, if we had a Tom Brady at QB. If we did have a Brady then we wouldn’t need the wildcat.

Running back would be another position where he could help. I don’t remember seeing Cribbs take a hand off or a pitch out at the  running back position in his time with the Browns. He sure looks like he would be a natural.

Cleveland has hinted, since Mike Holmgren joined the Browns, they might switch to the  the  West Coast Offense. If so, this could be a great fit for Cribbs. I would say Holmgren can see all the possibilities as well.  With Jerome Harrison and Cribbs, the Browns could have a nice one-two punch out of the back field.

Whatever increased role Cleveland has in store for Cribbs, you can bet he’ll earn his money. He always has.

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