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Great read in looking at the continuing debacle between Cribbs, his agents, the Browns and the Cleveland fans: “Yesterday, Cribbs agents pulled another questionable tactic out of their negotiating playbook: Sending condescending emails to bloggers who criticize their work. I received the following yesterday from Cribbs’ agent J.R. Rickert.” [Peter Pattakos/Cleveland Frowns]
Stallworth will be back in the league next season and could contend with some of the youngsters at WR for the Browns: “Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended receiver Donte’ Stallworth for the entire 2009 season after Stallworth pleaded guilty to felony DUI manslaughter last year. Stallworth will be reinstated after completion of the Super Bowl on February 7, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello recently confirmed.” [Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk]
Continuing the trend of WR news, check out this young guy today in the playoffs: “Rookie Julian Edelman is the player the New England Patriots are counting on to replace injured Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker in the playoffs. Edelman, the former Kent State quarterback, is built like Welker at 6-foot, 198 pounds, but Edelman’s college coach, Doug Martin, has some advice about stepping in for Welker.” [Stephanie Storm/Akron Beacon Journal]
Well, no Browns contest today, but here is still something to smile about throughout the next seven months: “The Browns once again did not qualify for the playoffs but they did do something that should make you happy. They knocked the Steelers out of the playoffs and you don’t have to see those ugly colors around. Since the Browns beat the Steelers in December I haven’t seen much of Squeeler nation.” [Randy Ward/Browns Gab]
Definitely good to hear this from Cleveland scribe Terry Pluto with the relationship between Mangini and Holmgren starting off well: “It seems as if Mike Holmgren entered into his interview sessions with Eric Mangini with a positive attitude. The talks were mostly informal, more like coach-to-coach than new team president grilling a head coach trying to hang onto his position.” [Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Had to quote this article as the Cavs look to recover this evening on the road against Portland: “Friday night, they were beaten, 99-97, by a good but injury-depleted Denver Nuggets team thanks to a disjointed and often unfocused performance. That in and of itself isn’t alarming, but the fact that it followed a trend that’s been quietly been developing for the last few weeks has some more piqued than others.” [Brian Windhorst/Cleveland Plain Dealer]
To end it off today, a nice little synopsis on the minor trade the Tribe made yesterday to get rid of the Zach Attack: “The Indians made another minor move Saturday afternoon. They announced the trade of Zach Jackson, the left handed pitcher that was a add on to the CC Sabathia trade to Milwaukee. Jackson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays where he might compete for a rotation or bullpen spot.” [The Lake Erie Soldiers]
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Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.