In an interview with "Mike & Mike in the Morning" on ESPN Radio, Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs said today that he'll continue to show up at the team's headquarters in Berea.
Cribbs, tight end Benjamin Watson and punter Reggie Hodges went to the Browns' facility Tuesday morning, a day after a federal judge ordered an immediate end to the NFL's lockout, but they were discouraged from working out and denied access to coaches and playbooks. Still, Cribbs told hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic that he'll keep showing up to work to prove he is eligible for his workout bonus.
"A lot of guys who are under contract have workout bonuses," Cribbs told Mike and Mike. "Because the judge ruled in our favor to end this lockout, those workout bonuses actually go into effect. In order to make a claim for them, we have to prove or show that we're showing up for work at least. That's all I can do at this point is show up for work. If they don't let me work out, hey, that's not in the contract. Showing up is all I have to to do until the judge issues a stay."
Browns safety T.J. Ward indicated that he returned to the team's headquarters this morning by posting the following message on his Twitter profile: "Leaving the facility. It felt good just to get back in my locker." Browns wide receiver Jordan Norwood did the same, posting a photo of the shoes he retrieved from his locker on his Twitter account.
Cribbs also posted the following message on his Twitter profile this morning: "Going 2 Browns facility 2 try & workout, hopefully i run in2 a coach, & the playbook falls out of his back pocket "I didn't c a thing" lol."
On Tuesday, Cribbs said it's important for players throughout the league to show they're eager to return to business-as-usual status.
"We're basically showing that we want to work," Cribbs said Tuesday in the parking lot of the Browns' facility. "We're basically showing that we're at work as scheduled. We want to get back at football. We want to continue to play football, and we're eager to get back on the field. We're showing that when the lockout is over, we're gonna be here like we're supposed to at work and to get a job done. That's what coming today proves."