Published: March 3rd, 2010 | Tags: Antonio Bryant, Baltimore Ravens, Brandon Marshall, Brian Billick, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Gerald McCoy, Greg Olsen, Josh Cribbs, Kevin Walter, Mark Brunell, Mike Martz, Mike Mayock, Miles Austin, Ndamukong Suh, New Orleans Saints, Sam Bradford, Terrell Owens, Vincent Jackson
The Browns and the agents for Josh Cribbs are close to finally completing a deal for the Pro Bowl kick returner. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Tuesday that the two sides have agreed on everything but the guaranteed money in his new deal.
The Plain Dealer is reporting that Cribbs wants $10 million guaranteed over the next three years, with the Browns offering around $5 million. The two sides are believed to be moving towards some common ground.
Cribbs is expected to have a bigger role in the Browns offense this season.
Other news making its way Around the Web on a Wednesday …
- Former Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh made a big impression on the Lions, according to MLive.com. The site speculates that the Lions would jump at the chance to draft Suh with the second overall pick if St. Louis drafted QB Sam Bradford or DT Gerald McCoy with the first overall selection. Mike Mayock and Brian Billick debated who would dominate more on the NFL level. But apparently we know what the Lions think. Or what they are leading us to believe what they think.
- Saints backup QB Mark Brunell would like to return to the Saints in 2010, according to a report in the Times-Picayune. And who wouldn’t? He won his first Super Bowl title without taking a hit and has played for four teams during his 17-year career. Brunell, who turns 40 in September, would earn a minimum of $885,000 as a player with 10 years of experience.
- The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Ravens have been watching ‘a lot of tape’ on free agent WR Kevin Walter. The Ravens have been looking for a big-play receiver for some time, and the Sun is reporting that the Ravens are shying away from the pool of restricted free agents such as Miles Austin, Vincent Jackson and Brandon Marshall. Other unrestricted free-agent receivers available include WR Terrell Owens who has a history with the Ravens, and Antonio Bryant.
- Could Bears TE Greg Olsenbe asking for a trade? NBC Chicago reports that Olsen has asked his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to go into “trade request” mode. New offensive coordinator Mike Martz has already indicated that Olsen’s main role in the new offense will be as a blocker. Olsen had eight touchdown receptions in 2009.