John Rickert, agent for disgruntled Pro Bowl special teamer Joshua Cribbs, said he spoke to the Browns Monday afternoon regarding Cribbs' demand for a new contract.
But Rickert said ''barring any monumental movement on their part,'' Cribbs won't attend the team's first voluntary minicamp that opens Tuesday in Berea. Rickert added that Cribbs, who also plays receiver and expects to see time at strong safety this season, felt ''unappreciated'' by the team.
''We're further along than we were to start the day, but we need to see actual progress from them. So far we haven't seen it,'' Rickert said.
A former quarterback who joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent from Kent State in 2005, Cribbs signed a six-year contract extension in November, 2006, when he had a different agent.
''It wasn't us who did that deal and George Kokinis didn't do that deal,'' Rickert said of the new Browns' general manager. ''What a great opportunity correct a bad situation.''
Rickert said Cribbs isn't looking for Devin Hester money. Hester, the Chicago Bears Pro Bowl returner, signed a four-year, $30 million contract extension with $15 million guaranteed last July 27.
''No, not at all,'' Rickert said of Hester's mega-deal. ''Is that a fair comparison? We're not even saying, 'Do a new deal.' We're saying, 'Start the process with us.'''