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Oviedo
05-22-2009, 07:41 AM
Looks like Cribbs is following the Ocho Cinco playbook. The whole thing looks to be unravelling under Mangenius. They get my early vote for last in AFC North.


Cribbs releases statement on situation
BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver and return specialist Josh Cribbs attended a team meeting on Thursday after previously threatening to skip the voluntary minicamp this week.

Cribbs, who is trying to renegotiate his contract, missed the first two days, and released a statement to "Browns fans and the Browns" to express his discontent with the current lack of negotiations.


Cribbs did meet with coach Eric Mangini following the full team meeting, but Cribbs did not take part in the afternoon team workouts.

"I look forward to him being out there," said Mangini, who declined to say whether he would be open to renegotiating the final four years on Cribbs' six-year, $6.7 million deal. "These are voluntary camps, so it's not a mandatory situation.

"Everybody has to make the decision whether to attend or not. But I can tell you there is a ton of information going in, and it's an opportunity for us to see all the different players. When you're here, you get those reps. When you're not, you don't."

Cribbs has intimated that he would ask for a trade if there is no progress, and his lengthy statement made it clear that he was upset, but that he also wanted to stay with the Browns.


"I humbly and respectfully come to Browns fans and the Browns letting all know that I have given my all to this team, on and off the field for 4 complete years selflessly without regard to myself and my own family," Cribbs' statement read.

"Contracts are one-sided in favor of the team, yet we as players are told to honor our contracts without the team honoring them. We are not doctors and lawyers, we don't get paid for 25 years of work. If we are lucky, we get 10 years at best to make all the money we can to last the rest of our life."


"This is not personal, but I have to be a man and take care of my family for not just a year or two, but for as long as I am walking this earth," Cribbs' statement continued. "I want nothing more but to wear the Browns' logo on my chest until my career has come to an end, and I am deeply disappointed that the team I put my hard work, blood, sweat and tears in will just write me off as though I am collateral damage."


NFL.com Video

Josh Cribbs takes to the air, diving into the end zone for a Browns TD on Monday night.

Cribbs' agent, J.R. Rickert, has said the club's previous management team made promises to renegotiate with the former Pro Bowler. Cribbs is scheduled to make $620,000, $635,000, $650,000 and $790,000 during the next four years.

Rickert said he has had some dialogue with the team, but said talks "have not been meaningful."

A 2007 Pro Bowl selection, Cribbs has developed into one of the most versatile players in the NFL. He averaged 1,945 all-purpose yards in the past three seasons.

One of the game's most dangerous return specialists, Cribbs is also a threat as a receiver and a running back. Mangini has said he plans to use Cribbs at cornerback for around 18 plays a game.

Slapstick
05-22-2009, 08:02 AM
I'm all for players making as much as they can, but this "taking care of my family" thing is so disingenuous...

Cribbs signed a 6 year, $6.77 million contract in 2006...if those salary figures are correct, then he has already collected more than $4 million of that contract...

On top of that, he has his own show on FSN Ohio (Josh's Cribbs), he is a co-owner of his own business in Strongsville, Ohio and he receives product endorsements (his face is on an Alson's Jewelers billboard on Route 2)...

If he is incapable of taking care of his family with that money, something is amiss...

Why not just say that Devin Hester got $15 million guaranteed on his contract and that he (Cribbs) wants the same?

Oviedo
05-22-2009, 08:07 AM
I'm all for players making as much as they can, but this "taking care of my family" thing is so disingenuous...

Cribbs signed a 6 year, $6.77 million contract in 2006...if those salary figures are correct, then he has already collected more than $4 million of that contract...

On top of that, he has his own show on FSN Ohio (Josh's Cribbs), he is a co-owner of his own business in Strongsville, Ohio and he receives product endorsements (his face is on an Alson's Jewelers billboard on Route 2)...

If he is incapable of taking care of his family with that money, something is amiss...

Why not just say that Devin Hester got $15 million guaranteed on his contract and that he (Cribbs) wants the same?

Maybe someone should let him know that a Sergeant in the Army fighting in Iraq gets $2800 per month in base pay to "take care of his family." His career risks are a lot higher than Cribbs'.

I also have no issue with players get fair market value but I also get sick with this "taking care of my family" BS. I'll bet 99% of the people on this board would love to "suffer" with the financial abuse that Cribbs is enduring.

Slapstick
05-22-2009, 08:09 AM
Maybe someone should let him know that a Sergeant in the Army fighting in Iraq gets $2800 per month in base pay to "take care of his family." His career risks are a lot higher than Cribbs'.

I also have no issue with players get fair market value but I also get sick with this "taking care of my family" BS. I'll bet 99% of the people on this board would love to "suffer" with the financial abuse that Cribbs is enduring.

How many unemployed Browns fans in NE Ohio, where the job market sucks, are feeling sorry for Cribbs right now?

RuthlessBurgher
05-22-2009, 09:13 AM
You have 4 years left on a contract that you voluntarily signed, so shut the hell up. It's his fault for signing a 6 year deal instead of a 2 year deal. Dumb@$$.

I got a chuckle out of his reference to wearing the Browns' logo on his chest. :wft The Browns don't have a logo and he wears numbers on his chest.

Unless you count this fairy elf as a logo:

http://www.tailgating.com/images/Fans/People/Cleveland%20Brownie%20Elf.jpg

And I would love to see Cribbs out there as a cornerback for 18 plays per game. I'm sure Ward, Holmes, Sweed, McDonald, and Wallace would love to see that as well.

ramblinjim
05-22-2009, 09:23 AM
I once remember Charles Barkley talking about locked out NBA Players saying something along the lines of "If a guy made $400k last year and cant' feed his family this year, something is wrong with the guy" or something like that. I can't find the exact quote though.

Is Cribbs a decent receiver? I thought hew was pretty much a one trick pony. A very good one trick pony but nonetheless..............

stlrz d
05-22-2009, 10:42 AM
I got a chuckle out of his reference to wearing the Browns' logo on his chest. :wft The Browns don't have a logo and he wears numbers on his chest.


They need to put this on the uni's.

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l50/ropewalk_2006/browns-mascot.jpg

NorthCoast
05-22-2009, 12:28 PM
I'm all for players making as much as they can, but this "taking care of my family" thing is so disingenuous...

Cribbs signed a 6 year, $6.77 million contract in 2006...if those salary figures are correct, then he has already collected more than $4 million of that contract...

On top of that, he has his own show on FSN Ohio (Josh's Cribbs), he is a co-owner of his own business in Strongsville, Ohio and he receives product endorsements (his face is on an Alson's Jewelers billboard on Route 2)...

If he is incapable of taking care of his family with that money, something is amiss...

Why not just say that Devin Hester got $15 million guaranteed on his contract and that he (Cribbs) wants the same?


Agreed. He needs to figure out how he can 'take care of his family' for $48,023 which was the median family income in 2006. Honestly, salaries of athletes are getting so out of hand I don't seeing many sports surviving the next 25 yrs in the same form.

Mel Blount's G
05-22-2009, 06:56 PM
His Kent State buddy Deebo jacked his sh!t up last year after Cribbs fielded a punt. Which makes me think, I bet all punt returners are like "Thank god that Beast in the 'Burgh got DPOY. Maybe now he'll be too valuable to his team to be running down the field on punts like a Rhinoceros on amphetamines and knockin' my @ss the fvck out!" :owned .



That's all I have to say on that.

NKySteeler
05-22-2009, 07:00 PM
Cribbs > Ochostinko .... Just sayin'.....

Discipline of Steel
05-22-2009, 07:58 PM
Cribbs > Ochostinko .... Just sayin'.....

I would say Ochostinko still > than Cribbaby. He has been the model of consistency year in and year out. This is Cribbs first national public tantrum.