Cribbs, Browns remain at impasse about contract

Joshua Cribbs and the Cleveland Browns still aren’t on the same page regarding the kick returner/wide receiver’s contract situation, and it likely will keep him out of the team’s voluntary minicamp.

John Rickert, Cribbs’ agent, told the Akron Beacon Journal that “barring any monumental movement on their part,” his client wouldn’t attend the Browns’ voluntary camp, which begins Tuesday:

    “We’re further along than we were to start the day, but we need to see actual progress from them. So far we haven’t seen it,” Rickert said.

The Browns released the following statement regarding the matter:

“Contrary to published reports this morning, no one from the current Browns organization, including owner Randy Lerner, has ever made any promises to Josh Cribbs with regard to his contract status.”

Rickert told the Beacon Journal that Cribbs felt “unappreciated” and that he doesn’t necessarily want a new deal, just the team to meet them halfway:

    “We’re not even saying, ‘Do a new deal.’ We’re saying, ‘Start the process with us.'”

Cribbs signed a six-year extension with the Browns in November of 2006, but he’s not happy with his compensation.

Cribbs, an all-purpose threat, has at least one return touchdown in each of his four seasons in the NFL. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2007, and in 2008, he had a rushing, receiving and kick-return touchdown.

In 2008, Cribbs ran the ball 29 times for 167 yards and had two catches for 18 yards. He returned 44 kickoffs for 1,110 yards, or a 25.2 average, and he returned 28 punts for 228 yards, an 8.1 average.

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