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Josh Cribbs: Cleveland Browns "Pay the Man" a Three-Year $20 Million Contract

CLEVELAND - JANUARY 03:  Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 5, 2010

According to cleveland.com, the Cleveland Browns have just "Paid the Man" and given Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs a brand new three-year deal worth up to a maximum of $20 million.

One of the biggest reasons this deal took so long to happen was due to a discrepancy in the total amount of guaranteed money.

Cribbs wanted $10 million; the Browns were offering $5 million.

A mutual understanding and meeting in the middle led to the $7.5 million number.

The Browns are finally paying Cribbs what he is worth, and if he hits all the escalators in his contract in 2010, he will make $6.3 million, which is more than the $5.4 million the Bears' Devin Hester will get in 2010.

Cribbs is deserving of this brand new contract not only for his commitment to playing hard on game days, but due to his loyalty to the Browns' fan base and the passion and heart he brings to the team.

Easily a locker room leader, Cribbs has put his contract differences aside for the past two seasons after getting promised a new deal first by former General Manager Phil Savage.

Browns fans across Cleveland have heavily supported Cribbs' cause to get a new deal, and fans even donated money to put up billboards that look at exactly like the above picture.

Browns fans can now relax because Cribbs isn't going anywhere except back on the field with an orange helmet on for another three years.

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