Here we go again.
A Browns player is unhappy with his deal, and claims that he’s being lied to by the higher ups in the club saying he was promised that a new deal would be coming his way. That player – kicker returner and wide receiver Joshua Cribbs. The story goes is that Cribbs is getting set to skip a voluntary minicamp because he believes that the team has not honored a promise to adjust his contract.
This afternoon after hearing that, the Browns jumped on the offensive, saying that no one promised Cribbs that a new deal would be coming his way. The team released a statement reading: “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.”
Now it comes down to who is telling the truth, and is there a chance that Cribbs could get a new deal? He’s probably the most exciting player on the club, and has already been a Pro Bowl player in his short career coming out of Kent State.
If Cribbs decides to start his relationship with new coach Eric Mangini by not being there when he should, it’s not going to endure himself to the new powers that be. On the other hand, the Browns need Cribbs. What gives? Whatever the case, it’s just another black eye for a team that needs some good things to start happening on and off the field.