Pro Bowl special teamer Joshua Cribbs is participating in the Browns' second voluntary minicamp of the off-season, but kicker Phil Dawson remains absent, coach Eric Mangini said Wednesday.
Mangini said Cribbs, also a receiver, is working only on offense this week since it is only his second day of drills. Cribbs may also be used as defensive back this season.
Cribbs stayed home for last week's session as he seeks to renegotiate his contract that has four years remaining. In November, 2006, the former Kent State quarterback signed a seven-year, $6.7 million extension with a $2 million signing bonus. The deal reportedly calls for base salaries of $620,000, $635,000 and $650,000 in the next three years, with escalators that could push the figure to $1 million each season.
Dawson, an 11-year veteran, has yet to attend any of the voluntary minicamps, although Mangini said he has spoken to him since he took over.
''It's a voluntary minicamp, everybody has the ability to choose whether or not they want to be here,'' Mangini said in reference to Dawson. ''There's a lot of learning going on, good things going on.''
Mangini said Parker Douglass, a rookie free agent from South Dakota State, had done a good job with his opportunity in the past two weeks.
''He hit a 52-yarder the other day, the game-winner in the two-minute drill,'' Mangini said. ''It's a nice chance to show the ability he has.''