Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Cribbs tour picks up
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: Time to add another team to the list of suitors for free agent WR/returner Josh Cribbs.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Cribbs will follow up his visits to the New York teams with a trip to Detroit. Like the Jets, the Lions have a need for some receiving help, which is believed to be one of the key factors in Cribbs' decision-making process.
The last time we checked, the market for Cribbs was not a strong one. Early on in free agency, it seemed that a deal with the Arizona Cardinals was as good as done, but Cribbs' health got in the way of that being finalized. Following the draft haul, Arizona appeared to be out of the mix. However, three new teams are in as of this week.
The former Brown visited with the Raiders earlier this week, and ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that the Jets were next on the docket after his visit with Oakland. And after visiting with the Jets, he'll take a turn with the Giants, per Pro Football Talk.
Any of the three teams would seem to need an upgrade in the return game, while the Jets still count WR as a significant need. However, ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini doesn't necessarily see Cribbs as the man to fill that WR hole for them:
Rich CiminiCribbs scheduled to visit the Jets
"The Jets need an experienced receiver, and they've held discussions with former Giant Ramses Barden, according to a source. GM John Idzik also hinted recently they could be interested in re-signing Braylon Edwards. There also have been rumors about possible interest in Brandon Lloyd, most recently with the Patriots. Cribbs wouldn't really address the Jets' need at receiver; he's always been known for his kick-returning ability. He's a Brad Smith-type player, capable of running the Wildcat. He appeared in only 62 offensive plays last season (less than Tim Tebow), catching just seven passes. His best year as a receiver was 2011, when he caught 41 passes. He turns 30 on June 9. Joe McKnight's roster spot is hardly secure. They signed a player of his ilk, RB Mike Goodson, and they also traded for RB Chris Ivory. McKnight is a terrific kickoff returner, but he's the No. 4 tailback and could get squeezed in a numbers game. If they sign Cribbs, it won't bode well for McKnight."