January 22, 2010
Things are changing with the Cleveland Browns. New team president Mike Holmgren and new GM Tom Heckert are leading the charge. The pair have apparently made wide receiver Josh Cribbs feel a little better about being with a team that won five games last year.
Cribbs feels so good that it looks like he's going to stop blabbing about how much he wants to get out of Cleveland. Of course, money would help that problem. And it appears that the team is ready to give Cribbs a lot more dough in a contract reworking, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The agent for Cribbs says he's had "very positive" conversations with the team about it.
"We've talked to Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert and we have an understanding that we're going to work together on this," said the agent. "We have a much clearer indication that something can be worked out and that it's not just lip service."
Whatever the Browns have offered, it isn't meant to be any kind of final offer or take-it-or-leave-it deal, either. The word is that early this month, the team offered $1.4 million to Cribbs and he became so annoyed and agitated that he went and cleaned out his locker and said that he was basically done, he wouldn't play again for the team under those circumstances even though his current contract runs till the end of 2012.
Things have clearly changed. The Browns must have said some pretty nice things to Cribbs recently. And it's not likely he's used to that. Still, guys like him are usually making between $3 million and $5 million, according to the paper, so you can be sure he won't really be happy till he's making near the top end of that.
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