Breaking News: Josh Cribbs May Holdout or Ask for a Trade

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMay 18, 2009

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during the NFL game against the Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Joshua Cribbs is extremely upset with the Cleveland Browns' upper management.

Cribbs believes he has outperformed his current contract and deserves a renegotiation for a new contract with the team.

John Clayton, of espn.com, has reported Cribbs may be planning a holdout during training camp, or even ask to be traded if he doesn't get a new contract.

Cleveland sports reporter Mary Kay Calbot, of The Plain Dealer, has also reported that Cribbs is not going to attend the "voluntary" workouts that are upcoming without a new contract by 5 p.m. on May 18.

In 2006, Cribbs signed a seven-year $6.7 million contract extension a year before breaking the Browns' kick-return records and making the Pro Bowl as the kick returner for the AFC.

Cribbs did not complain once in 2008 about his contract situation, figuring Browns management would grant him his wish of a new contract in 2009

Making $645,000 in 2009, sources close to the Browns have said that new head coach Eric Mangini does not want to change Cribbs' contract.

Mangini has even said he plans on using Cribbs more on game day, including possibly 15 to 18 plays on defense per game.

One of the most versatile players in the NFL, Cribbs has played many different positions on the field, including wide receiver, running back, quarterback, kick returner, punt returner and special teams coverage.

Can the Browns' upper management stop this snowball before it turns into an avalanche? If they are smart, they will.

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