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Cribbs and Agent Fire Back Over Offer From the Browns

It looked a few days back like Josh Cribbs was going to get a deal done with the Browns and stay happy. Now, there seems to be a division that may end Cribbs’ career in a Browns uniform. Reports are the Browns offered Cribbs a deal that would pay him $1.4 million a year.

His agent, Peter Schaffer, says that his client will demand a trade away from Cleveland if a better offer isn’t made. “They need to treat him fairly or he’ll never play for the Browns again,” Schaffer said in the Plain Dealer. “He will demand a trade and he will walk out of there and they won’t see him for the off-season — they won’t see him ever again.”

“We’re done,” said Schaffer. “There’s no middle ground anymore. We’ve upheld our end of the bargain.” The ongoing feud between Cribbs and the Browns has been headed for a showdown for awhile. He wanted a new deal before the season started, and he didn’t get it.

Instead he went out, played ball, and was the best player on the club. Now, it looks like unless things change in a hurry, there will be no more kick returns for scores from the former Kent State star.

The agent forwarded an email he sent to Browns in regard to his client – “1.4 million dollars per year for a player of Josh’s caliber and character is not only insulting it is unjustifiable under any objective criteria. Further given the three years of history of this matter and the incredibly strong and powerful grassroots support for Josh, we will see how this turns out. Again this is not a threat, we are given the team every chance to respond but given continued silence then we will have no choice. Thanks I am in my office or on my cell all day. Peter

“If you have any questions or wish to discuss this e mail in any further detail, please do not hesitate to call or e mail me. Please have yourself a wonderful and happy day.

“Yours Very Truly,

Peter J. Schaffer, Esq.”

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3 Responses to “Cribbs and Agent Fire Back Over Offer From the Browns”

  1. Matthew Dauch says:

    i don’t get it, if the browns would be smart and pay him big, he’s the best layer we have and if he wants a better contract he should get one.

  2. Denolakes says:

    (Yawn!) An agent making threats with a client who has a contract for another 3 years? There is a far better way to handle this — from Cribbs’ standpoint. From Cleveland’s standpoint, I should think a one-time discretionary bonus of, I dunno, $1M as faith money until the full deal is done wouldn’t hurt, either — but I don’t know the league rules or the full ramifications of such a thing. I’m just sayin’, that’s all.

  3. ButchGavlen says:

    there is another thought with this. what about the fact that next year teams won’t kick to him? the fact that his td’s will come down drastically as they figure out the best way to avoid him but not kicking out of bounds? then what, you’re stuck with a huge salary for a kick returner that doesn’t get kicked to. what if he gets hurt. he’s a poor wr at best. maybe average on a good day.
    could he be worth more on the trade block now?

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