For the second time this week, Cleveland Browns officials and Josh Cribbs‘ representatives held a conference call to discuss the Pro Bowl return specialist’s contract situation. The latest conversation happened Thursday, according to a source, and lasted roughly three hours.
Cribbs didn’t take part in the conference call, sources said. However, the Browns are scheduled to hold a face-to-face meeting with Cribbs, who has contributed to the team’s Wildcat formation as a quarterback and worked as a wide receiver and a defensive back.
Cribbs, a wide receiver by trade, has been looking for the organization to be open to altering his six-year, $6.7 million contract, which has four years remaining, believing he has outperformed his level of compensation. Cribbs has been seriously considering holding out of the start of training camp next week, and a final decision on whether to report on time will come after the face-to-face meeting with team officials, the source said.
The Browns, with a new coach (Eric Mangini) and general manager (George Kokinis), had been unwilling to change Cribbs’ deal. Mangini has a reputation as a hard-line guy, and this is one of many challenges facing him and his team, with the Browns also looking at a quarterback competition between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn.
Cribbs, 26, was a quarterback at Kent State. He will be in his fifth NFL season after entering the league as an undrafted free agent.