The Browns and wide receiver and return specialist Joshua Cribbs are at a "standstill" when it comes to negotiations on a new contract that would keep Cribbs in Cleveland, according to the unrestricted free agent.
"It's at a standstill right now. I'm hearing a lot of different meetings are being scheduled with different teams and everything. My plan is to stay with the team as much as possible, even to take a slight paycut. But at the same time, not huge paycuts. And I'm trying to work with the team. I want to be a Brown. I want to end my career here. We have the coaches to do it now, to take it to the next level, and I definitely want to be there."
Cribbs, entering his ninth year in the league, has been one of the most electric return specialists since his debut in 2005. As a receiver, he only has 1,161 yards and seven touchdowns, but he has 11 return touchdowns, eight on kickoff returns and three on punt returns.
Cribbs made it clear that he wishes to continue his career with the Browns, but he's also unsure of the Browns front office's intentions.
So I'm not too confident in upper management because I'm not sure of their plans, their intentions. Right now, it doesn't seem like the interest level is there with upper management, but there's ways around that. I gotta just weigh my options. And like I said, I want to be a Brown. I want to continue my career here. I want to retire a Cleveland Brown, and that's my intention. I'm gonna go as far as I can with the team to make a compromise. And at the same time, I won't devalue myself.
Cribbs went on to say that he's aware that he hasn't played up to his potential, but he believes that the Browns are close to becoming a playoff team and he doesn't want to leave just before the team begins winning.
In 2012, Cribbs played in all 16 games, but only caught seven passes for 63 yards, making it his worst receiving season since 2008. He was payed just over $1.4 million in 2012 and accounted for a $2.7 million cap hit.
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