Cribbs’ agent has ‘positive exchanges’ with Browns

One of the agents for Browns Pro Bowl receiver-returner Joshua Cribbs said he’s having ‘positive exchanges’ with the Browns about a new contract for his client. Still, there’s no timetable for a new deal.

“This is the most positive dialogue we’ve had since we’ve been doing this over the past three years with the Browns,” agent J.R. Rickert told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Thursday. “We’re exchanging numbers and there’s no telling what the timetable will be, but when we can bridge all of the existing gaps, we’ll have this done.”

Cribbs initially rejected the Browns’ $1.4 million offer on Jan. 6 and said he wouldn’t play in Cleveland next season. But this is the second time in just over a month that Rickert has said he has held positive conversations with the team.

Cribbs was selected to his second Pro Bowl following the 2009 season, when he became one of the most feared return men in NFL history. Cribbs took three kickoffs for touchdowns and became the NFL’s career leader in the category with eight. Cribbs also set career highs in receptions (20) and rushing attempts (55) as he became a bigger part of the Browns’ offense.

UPDATE: Cribbs told Tony Rizzo on WKNR AM in Cleveland that he hopes a deal will be done by Feb. 24, when the NFL Scouting Combine starts. Cribbs added that he’s satisfied by talks with new general manager Tom Heckert and that team president Mike Holmgren also “has reached out.”

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