Yesterday, we reported that Josh Cribbs’ agent Peter Schaffer said that his client was going to Berea to clean out his locker. While this may have been considered one of the many idle threats that appear to be littering the media, the Pro Bowl return man and fan favorite did just that.
“I said goodbye to some people on the medical staff, some of the equipment guys and the coaches,” Cribbs said during a phone interview with Mary Kay Cabot. “I wished the coaches luck and told them I hoped they kept their jobs. But it absolutely felt like the last time I’d be setting foot inside the building. I feel like it’s over for me in Cleveland.”
He then proceeded to tell The Plain Dealer that the next step will be a trade request. Said request hinges on the questionable comments made by team representative Dawn Aponte that claimed the extension offer of $1.4 million per year was in fact the team’s final offer – it “will be the same in March, and the same offer in September.”
Cribbs is understandably frustrated with the organization that reportedly promised him a new deal. While the Browns did offer in fact just that, consensus feeling is that the offer is considerably low in comparison to his peers.
As Cabot points out, Cribbs has more all-purpose yards than any other player in the NFL over the last three seasons; a list that includes players like Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, San Diego’s Darren Sproles and Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew. A big supporter of head coach Eric Mangini, it appears that while Mangini will be back for 2010, he will not have his Pro-Bowl return man along his side.
One week ago, not many would have pegged Mangini being the one back in Cleveland in 2010 while Cribbs could possibly be playing elsewhere.
(Image via Joshuan Cribbs)