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Cribbs ready to clean out his locker

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 6, 2010

Pro Bowl return man Joshua Cribbs was so insulted by the Browns' $1.4 million per year offer that he's vowed never to play for them again, his agent said Wednesday night.

''He's going in there tomorrow and cleaning out his locker,'' said Peter Schaffer, Cribbs' agent along with J.R. Rickert.

''He wants out,'' Schaffer said. ''He will never play for the Browns again unless they treat him fairly. There's two choices, either treat him fairly or trade him.''

Recently voted to his second Pro Bowl, Cribbs has three years remaining on a six-year, $6.7 million contract he signed in November, 2006. His base salary this season was $620,000.

Schaffer compared that to other average salaries of top NFL return men like the Chicago Bears' Devin Hester ($5.4 million), the Houston Texans' Andre Davis ($4.3 million) and the Buffalo Bills' Roscoe Parrish ($3.2 million).

''You couldn't ask for a better client, a better player or a better person,'' Schaffer said. ''If this is how the organization is going to take care of those type people, the most dynamic player on the team, what kind of message does that send to the rest of the players?''

Cribbs finished third in the league in kickoff returns (27.5 average) with three touchdowns and became the NFL's career leader with eight kickoff returns for scores. He also finished fourth in punt returns (11.9 average) with one touchdown. Operating out of the wildcat formation, he finished third on the Browns in rushing with 381 yards (6.9 average) and a TD and caught 20 passes for 135 yards and a score. His six touchdowns ranked second on the Browns behind running back Jerome Harrison's seven.¶


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