Browns president Mike Holmgren will leave Thursday for the West Coast and spend about a week completing his move to Cleveland.
But when he returns, Holmgren will dive into Browns' roster issues and its evaluation, he said in a telephone interview Wednesday. Among his priorities will be negotating a new contract for Pro Bowl returner Joshua Cribbs, who has three years remaining on his current deal.
''I talked to Josh's representatives about a week ago and said I'd like to reopen the talks,'' Holmgren said. '''Let's kind of wipe the slate clean and see if we can get this thing done. We'd like Josh to be here, I believe Josh wants to be here. Let's try and do this.' We're going to try.''
According to Cleveland.com, Cribbs' agents J.R. Rickert and Peter Schaffer were pleased by that progress.
''They came out with something that said we had talked and were encouraged by it. I thought that was a good first step,'' Holmgren said. ''Now we're going to try and get that done sometime down the road.''
Asked if that would be before the NFL Combine, which runs from Feb. 24-March 2 in Indianapolis, or the scheduled start of free agency March 5, Holmgren said, ''There's not a timetable, but there are some natural things that make it better, timing-wise, because we kind of know who we have then. But I think this thing stands alone. We'd like to get it done and hopefully they want to get it done, so we'll see.''