Solution for Josh Cribbs and Cleveland Browns: Dump Derek Anderson's Contract

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IJanuary 7, 2010

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 10:  Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 10, 2009 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 13-6.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

So two-time Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs is "insulted" because the Cleveland Browns only offered him a new deal which would pay him $1.4 million per year.

Is this a salary increase for Cribbs ? Indeed.

Are the Browns offering enough for their best player, and the best returner in the NFL 's history? Not a chance.

Will the Browns make another contract offer? Hopefully.

Is Cribbs overreacting with his many tweets via Twitter regarding this situation? Absolutely.

Are Cribbs' agents dirtbags ? No comment from this journalist, so you decide.

Will negotiations continue? Probably.

Will Cribbs get traded? Hopefully not, or the Browns' fan base will probably burn part of Berea , OH (which is where the Browns' headquarters is) to the ground in disgust.

So the Browns have burnt a bridge, and supposedly they stand behind their offer, and it's a take it or leave it type of offer.

One would think that the Browns should have plenty of salary left over, especially after dumping the big contracts of Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards in the past year.

Why can't they offer Cribbs more money?

It is most likely that this is the first offer in the negotiation process and another offer will be made once president Mike Holmgren takes care of other important issues; like filing the rest of the front office and getting a scouting team assembled to begin assessing talent for the draft in April.

If there is another offer down the road, Cribbs needs to chill out with his Twitter account. He needs to shut his ridiculously overreacting agents up, before Browns management has a change of heart and just grants Cribbs and his agents their wish; a trade.

Cribbs is the heart and soul of the Browns and the face of the franchise currently, but if he does not quiet down, then he will cause more damage and be deemed a liability by the Browns. If the Browns are willing to part with him, why would they want to trade for him and deal with all the outside chatter by him and his agents?

Hey Cribbs , here's some advice, be quiet and be the professional all Browns fans know you are, and this situation will clear itself up.

Also, get new agents, because your agents are a really bad influence on you.

Finally, a message to the Browns; how about cutting Derek Anderson, and once you don't have to pay him $8 million in 2010, give Cribbs some of that money because he deserves it more than Anderson does at this point in their respective careers.

(Article also posted on Dawg Scooper )

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