Josh Cribbs will be in Cleveland this week and taking part in Browns training camp. We know that much in regards to the Pro Bowl return specialist from sources close to the player. Beyond that, however, much remains in limbo.
As we’ve reported (Steve Wyche was first on the story), Cribbs is unhappy with his contract and wants the Browns’ new front office and coaching staff to uphold a promise made the previous coach and general manager to re-work the final four years on his contract. That sentiment has not changed, according to sources, with Cribbs’s decision to attend camp not an indication that he’s a happy camper.
Cribbs, who made an impact in the Wildcat formation and plays receiver, remains prepared to sit out the start of the regular season barring some resolution regarding his contract, sources said. To this point coach Eric Mangini, who has significant power in that organization, has not been willing to alter Cribbs’s deal. Cribbs’s agents and the Browns spoke several times this week and will begin face-to-face meetings Thursday, sources said. Cribbs is hopeful that at some point between now and September the team will give him some additional incentives, triggers or achievable bonuses to sweeten his deal.
Cribbs is not seeking a Devin Hester contract, according to a source, and isn’t fixated on certain figures, but is fixated on procuring some additional compensation in one form or another.
So this saga will continue for at least a little while longer. Maybe the sides come to some sort of agreement Thursday that makes Cribbs content, but there is nothing forcing the Browns to do anything contractually in this circumstance, hence the stalemate. Both sides can make strong arguments, and we’ll keep monitoring it.
Randoms: Been catching up informally with some players. Most are trying to savor some final partying, family-time, freedom before camps begin in full force in most organizations next week. Some guys filtering back from the islands, South Beach, LA. It’s finally hear folks. After six months between live action, it’s on for the Bills and 31 teams about to follow. … Bills still waiting on some rookies, as their top picks are unsigned. Looks like several of those negotiations could drag on for at least a few more days. … Highlight of our weekend comes tonight, when we have a birthday dinner to celebrate my father, Frank, turning 70. Not sure exactly everything Lauren has on the menu, but in Baltimore, in the summer, you can bank on some crab/seafood element being involved. … Missed the Chelsea/AC Milan match here last night, but pretty much everyone I know or grew up with was there and a good time was had by all. Thanks to the Ravens for their part in making the event happen.