Well after a long Free Agency stand, Josh Cribbs has officially signed a contract, but NOT with the Arizona Cardinals. Josh Cribbs will be wearing the black and silver of the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 season.
Near the beginning of the “Free Agency Frenzy,” Cribbs had all sorts of teams interested in him including the Patriots, but after a while those faded away. NFL.com at one point reported that he had signed a contract with the Cardinals, but that was later taken off their site. He had been talking with the Cardinals, but they wanted him to be fully recovered from his knee surgery before they would evaluate him.
Recently he had visited the New York Jets, Giants and the Detroit Lions, but Jets GM John Idzik commented on Tuesday, May 14th, that he didn’t think Cribbs was fully recovered from his surgery, but he’s the Jets GM so do we really think he knows what he’s talking about? Clearly the Raiders took his comments with a grain of salt because they signed Cribbs to a 1-year contract the 15th.
Cribbs had this to say on Twitter Wednesday:
I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself yet again! Fresh start, New team, New chip on my shoulder!!!! Love u Cleveland but now it’s #catalinawinemixer 2013RaiderNation
Does every one remember the episode in Browns history (in the style of “Friends” episodes”) called “The One Where Josh Cribbs Buys Billboards, Sells Shirts, and Gets Fans to Convince the Browns Front Office to Give Him More Money”? The shout out to Cleveland was nice but the “Pay the Man” campaign of 2010 is still fresh in our minds. So is the 2011 season, when he had 41 catches four of them for TDs, but his 2012 season was less productive with only 7 receptions for 63 yards. He did more work in 2012 on punt and kickoff returns with 457 punt yards and 1178 kickoff return yards. In his 8-year career in Cleveland, Cribbs proved himself a solid return man, even though he guaranteed Cleveland he would return a kickoff or punt for a TD this year and that never happened. And if all else fails for Oakland, he can also play QB and lord knows Oakland has had its share of QB issues.
We wish Josh luck next season and then we realize that California is stealing most of the Browns players (Colt McCoy [San Francisco 49ers], Phil Dawson [49ers], Kaluka Maiava [Raiders], and now Cribbs) and we start thinking conspiracy. Maybe they played this song too much in the locker room: