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Contract talks have begun on new contract for Cribbs

By Stephanie Storm Published: January 5, 2010

There may not be any news yet on the future of Browns head coach Eric Mangini Tuesday, but the team's fans will be relieved to know there is progress being made on another important front.
Before new president Mike Holmgren even made his way to Cleveland this week, he'd already begun to reach out to Cribbs' agent to open talks about negotiating a new contract for the kick returner extraordinaire.
Cribbs, seeking a new contract despite still having three years remaining on his current six-year deal signed under his previous agent, had indicated as much two weeks ago.

And while Holmgren admitted that "it's a little unprecedented to start doing things this early in a (lengthy) contract like that," he obviously understands the Pro Bowler is one of the top players not only for the Browns, but league wide as well.
"We've been in contact with his representatives, even when I was in Arizona," Holmgren said. "I believe players should be rewarded for what they do...What happens though on occasion is that our view of how much that should be and the agent's view of how much that should be, differ.
"We have made an effort and we'll continue to make an effort to handle Josh's situation. I want Josh here."

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