The Kansas City Chiefs are one of four teams to have expressed an interest in the Cleveland Browns star kick returner Josh Cribbs an NFL source told Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post. Other teams reportedly expressing interest include the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins.
Per Thompson, the Chiefs have inquired about Cribbs' availability.
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Thompson reports that Cribbs, who is seeking a new contract, has asked to be traded. This report of a trade request has been going around since the offseason and Thompson wasn't clear if this is a renewed request.
Cribbs is in year three of a six year, $6.7 million contract he signed with the Browns. He alleges that owner Randy Lerner promised him a new contract prior to the arrival of Eric Mangini.
At 26 years old, he's certainly an intriguing option. Chiefs coach Todd Haley has tried numerous combinations at kick and punt returner, which is a sign he's not happy with the way things are progressing in that area.
The Chiefs are currently 16th in the NFL with an average of 22.4 yards per kick return and 7.4 yards per punt return.
Cribbs might just be the best return man in the game right now. He's currently leading the NFL in kick and punt return yards. He had a Pro Bowl appearance in 2007 when he led the NFL with an average of 30.7 yards per kick return.
If the Chiefs were to acquire Cribbs, and there's been no indication how serious, if at all, possible talks are, he would undoubtedly want a new contract, which is why I'm skeptical of the Chiefs interest. If the guy's made waves with this contract business, then does that really signal a player this regime, who places an emphasis on team, would pursue?
To me it doesn't. Nevertheless, we'll continue to monitor Cribbs' situation going forward because I do think he's the perfect candidate to be traded. Can a team that's not going to be competitive any time soon really afford a luxury like a star kick returner when he can net draft picks?