The Cleveland Browns have signed WR/KR Joshua Cribbs to a six-year contract extension, the club announced today. Cribbs, who currently ranks third in the NFL with a 27.7 kickoff return average, has established himself as a legitimate threat on special teams and has expanded his role as a wide receiver in the Browns offense.
Cribbs, 6-1 and 192 lbs., has played in seven games this season and has 24 kickoff returns for 664 yards (27.7 avg.), five punt returns for 46 yards (9.2 avg.), and nine receptions for 81 yards (9.0 avg.). Cribbs already has five kickoff returns this season of 40 yards or more and was previously named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 4, following his 65-yard and 53-yard kickoff returns in the Browns 24-21 win at Oakland on Oct. 1, 2006.
"This is a dream come true for me," said Cribbs. "I want to thank Randy Lerner, Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel for giving me this opportunity. I love the city of Cleveland, our fans and I'm excited that I will be here for the long haul. It certainly feels good to be wanted, and now I'm even more motivated because I want to prove to this organization that they made the right decision."
Cribbs earned a roster spot with Cleveland last season as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Kent State. Converted from the quarterback position in college, Cribbs made a name for himself on special teams with responsibilities on kickoff return, kickoff coverage and gunner on punt return units.
As a rookie in 2005, Cribbs set a franchise record with 1,094 kickoff return yards, including his first career touchdown on a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. Detroit on Oct. 23, 2005. Cribbs finished the year with 45 returns for 1,094 yards (24.3 avg.) and ranked second on the club with 19 special teams tackles.