NY Jets Interested in WR Josh Cribbs but GM Says Cribbs’ Knee Isn’t Ready

Oct 7, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs (16) evades tackle to carry during the third quarter against the New York Giantsat MetLife Stadium. Giants won 41-27. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports


One of the many holes the New York Jets need to address is the wide receiver position, and the Jets showed they are still looking for one. The team hosted former Cleveland Browns Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs last week in New Jersey.

The dynamic wide receiver/return man is a potential free agent acquisition for a Jets team that desperately needs playmakers—especially one of Cribbs’ caliber.

The only thing is is that the receiver is not 100 percent healthy. Cribbs, who is recovering from a knee injury that he suffered last season, failed a physical with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason. And according to Rich Cimini of ESPN, the Jets are waiting for the receiver to get healthy before offering him a contract. “I don’t think he’s quite there yet, but he is probably getting close,” said Jets new general manager John Idzik.

Cribbs, who is 29 years old, spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns, mainly as a return man. Cribbs wasn’t a big-time playmaker at the wide receiver position, but where he did do his damage, though, was in the return game. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, making it in 2007, 2009 and last year. Last season, Cribbs 1,178 kick return yards and 457 punt return yards.

Once Cribbs can prove that his knee is 100 percent, the Jets may make a run at him—which would be a wise decision because this team lacks explosiveness.

Topics: Football, Josh Cribbs, New York Jets, NFL

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