Joshua Cribbs Signs on the Line That is Dotted for Cleveland Browns

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IMarch 5, 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

“Coffee is for Closers.”

Alec Baldwin delivered, perhaps, one of the single most memorable performances in the history of cinema with his one-scene appearance in the movie “Glengary Glen Ross.”

Right now, Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert have to be getting themselves that well-earned cup of coffee because they closed this deal.

Joshua Cribbs signed a three-year, $20 million contract that replaces his old contract. The deal was signed Thursday afternoon.

According to J.R. Rickert, Cribbs’ agent, the deal includes $7.5 million in guaranteed money, and the escalators on the contract are all very “reachable.”

This contract also makes Cribbs the highest paid special teams player in the league, ahead of Devin Hester, if he hits all his incentives.

Holmgren promised to get a deal done with Cribbs during his first appearance with the media in January. Despite Rickert’s attempts to derail everything, Holmgren has been a man of his word.

Rickert tried very hard in January to get the fan base riled up in an attempt to get the Browns to cave to public pressure, a tactic that had worked with previous regimes in the Browns’ organization.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

Rickert hadn’t counted on Holmgren being savvier than the rest, and better able to handle the unrelenting demands of an agent looking for a payday as much as his player was.

While Cribbs still had three years remaining on his contract, it was one of the few instances where a player clearly had outperformed the parameters set down a few years ago.

Now that the Cribbs drama is settled, Holmgren and Heckert now can turn their focus to the free agent market and begin positioning the team for the draft.

Like the free agent tenders made on Thursday, the Browns once again have shown they are in the beginnings of building a championship organization.

The details of the deal can be found here .