Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren gave the Browns a green light to give superstar returner Josh Cribbs a new contract, but sadly the Browns' offer was not spectacular.
The Browns offered Cribbs a deal that would pay him $1.4 million per year which is an upgrade over the $600,000+ he currently makes per year.
Cribbs' agent Peter Schaffer has said, "They need to treat him fairly or he'll never play for the Browns again. He will demand a trade and he will walk out of there and they won't see him for the off-season -- they won't see him ever again.''
Players that are returners for other teams, that do not provide as much of a spark as Cribbs does make the following: Andre Davis of the Texans makes $4.3 million and Roscoe Parrish of the Bills makes $3.2 million per year.
And the Browns offer Cribbs $1.4 million?
That's quite a bit less and the offer should have been at least $4 million for all that Cribbs does for the Browns.
After a season where Cribbs made the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career, broke the all-time record for kicks returned for a touchdown in a career, was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice, and named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for December, the Browns have done the impossible and angered their best player.
Cribbs and his agent are "insulted" as written in an email sent to Dawn Aponte who is vice president of football administration and is in charge of negotiating contracts for the Browns.
The emails states, "1.4 million dollars per year for a player of Josh’s caliber and character is not only insulting it is unjustifiable under any objective criteria."
Holmgren had a chance to make a big splash with Browns fans by getting their star player re-signed to a new deal and make him very happy, but it looks like they decided to slap him in the face with a horribly low offer.
Finally, in Scaffer's email sent to Aponte, he writes that since no one in the organization is returned their calls or messages, that they want "the people of Cleveland to determine [what price is] fair."
It is guaranteed that the people will cry out in pain because their beloved Cribbs who is the heart and soul of the team is once again angry.
Another sad moment for Browns fans during a time of hope with the Holmgren era just beginning.
(Article also posted on Dawg Scooper )