CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – After nearly 2 months on the free agency market, specialist Josh Cribbs has a new team.
Cribbs has signed a 1-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora was first to report the news. Cribbs along with his agent J.R. Rickert confirmed the signing via Twitter.
“I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself yet again! Fresh start, New team, New chip on my shoulder!!!! Love u Cleveland but now it’s #catalinawinemixer 2013RaiderNation,” Cribbs tweeted.
Cribbs underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee to repair a torn meniscus this offseason and failed a physical in March after coming close to terms with the Arizona Cardinals.
He visited the Raiders last week along with the New York Jets and Giants as well as Detroit Lions.
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Browns in 2005, Cribbs appeared in 3 Pro Bowls and amassed over 12,000 combined return yards in 8 seasons in Cleveland. His 8 kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied with Leon Washington for the most in NFL history.
Cribbs is fifth in NFL history in career kickoff return yardage with 10,015 yards and combined kickoff and punt return touchdowns with 11. He ranks sixth all-time in combined kickoff and punt return yardage with 12,169 total yards.
Numerous coaching staffs of the Browns failed to figure out to use Cribbs offensively over the years.
After catching a career high 41 passes in 2011, Cribbs’ offensive reps were limited last season and he caught just 7 passes for 53 yards.
He totaled 107 receptions for 1,161 yards and 7 touchdowns and rushed 128 times for 753 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Browns in addition to his special teams work.