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Cribbs says good-byes

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 7, 2010

Browns Pro Bowl returner Joshua Cribbs cleaned out his locker Thursday and said good-bye to employees at the Browns' Berea headquarters, his agent J.R. Rickert said.

Cribbs and his agents, Rickert and Peter Schaffer, were insulted by the Browns' contract offer of $1.4 million per year, first extended on Dec. 4 and re-offered after new president Mike Holmgren came on board Dec. 21. The Cribbs' camp has been dealing with Dawn Aponte, vice president of football administration.

''We asked Dawn 'Are you sure? Have you conferred with Mike?''' Rickert said.

Rickert said there has been no response from the Browns since they made the team's offer public Wednesday evening.

''All they have to do is reach out for us and say, 'We're here to work with you,''' Rickert said.

Cribbs' base salary this season was $620,000 and he has three years remaining on a six-year, $6.7 million deal he signed in November, 2006.
He's been seeking a new contract for over two years.

''I even suggested to him when he gets to the Pro Bowl he should cover his entire helmet with decals so no orange can be seen,'' Rickert said. ''He can't keep the announcer from saying he's from the Browns. But I told him, 'You should disassociate with the team until they treat you fairly.'''

Rickert said Cribbs would not participate in any team activities, which Rickert said would start with the beginning of the off-season program on March 25.


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