Josh Cribbs is no longer the deadly offensive weapon that he was when he reached the Pro Bowl in 2009. With his tenure as a Cleveland Brown coming to a close, the question is whether or not a change of scenery will benefit the elusive wide receiver.
The shelf life of a returner is not long whatsoever, as the position is constantly in flux. Aside from Chicago Bears returner Devin Hester, the former Brown has been one of the most famous kick returning threats in NFL history. These offensive weapons are totally hit-or-miss types of players — both the Bears and the Browns have grown tired of the inconsistency from these guys.
Apparently, the Arizona Cardinals have not gotten the memo on the recently underachieving Cribbs, even though he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee this off-season. Team doctors also told the Cardinals they couldn’t recommend signing the kick returner until his knee is fully healed.
The Cardinals would be better off using a fifth-round draft pick on a kick returner rather than give a contract to an injured 29-year old. A prospect would have much more potential than a wideout who has never had a season with more than 457 receiving yards. On the good side, Cribbs has spent eight years with Cleveland, so he has grown accustomed to spotty quarterback play.
I could easily end up with egg on my face if Cribbs decides to return to the player he was in 2007 when he led the NFL with 1809 kick returns. I will go out on a limb and say Cribbs misses at least four games this year and makes a minimal impact.