Browns coach Eric Mangini said Friday that he's not willing to trade Pro Bowl receiver/returner Joshua Cribbs, despite speculation Thursday night that Cribbs would be dealt before Tuesday's deadline.
''No interest in moving Josh Cribbs,'' Mangini said.
"I really enjoy Josh. I like him as a player, as a person, he's a fun guy to talk to. He's been a great guy to get to know and he's a really good person to have on the team.''
Mangini acknowledged that the Browns were listening to calls on Cribbs. According to the NFL Network, the Dolphins, Colts, Chiefs, Raiders, Jaguars and 49ers have contacted the Browns.
''We take all the calls, we listen,'' Mangini said. ''I don't know what reports have come in, I didn't look at any of that stuff. That's where we're at.''
Asked if he just says, 'Sorry, good-bye' to those callers, Mangini said, "You always listen to everybody, you have to, you're always trying to improve the team.''
A Pro Bowl special teamer, Cribbs is seeking a contract extension and would welcome a trade if no deal can be worked out. Mangini gave no timetable for negotiations, which are at a standstill.
Cribbs said Friday he has not demanded a trade.
"It is absolutely selfish to hold up a person as loyal as Joshua,'' his agent, J.R. Rickert, said via email Friday. ''The Browns should either provide him with an extension that he is looking for or allow another team that is willing to compensate him fairly to acquire him.
"Their position of doing nothing is no longer fair nor appropriate."
It seems unlikely that the Browns will trade Cribbs unless they get an offer that blows them away.
Cribbs knows he may have a tough decision to make if the Browns refuse to renegotiate or trade him.
''I'm going to be stuck,'' he said Friday. ''I don't know what I'm going to do right now. It will disappoint me tremendously if nothing gets done, and that's no secret. I'll be very disappointed. I play as hard as I can. I'll be very disappointed.''
In November, 2006, Cribbs signed a six-year contract extension worth just under $6 million that runs through 2012.
The former Kent State quarterback joined the team as an undrafted free agent in April, 2005. His then-agent Andre Colona negotiated a deal with base salaries of $435,000 (2007), $520,000 (2008), $620,000 (2009), $635,000 (2010), $650,000 (2011) and $790,000 (2012). By mid-February the next year, Cribbs had replaced Colona with Rickert.
Stating that he wants to remain in Cleveland, Cribbs is trying not to let his unhappiness about his contract affect him on Sundays.
''Off the field it weighs on me,'' he said. ''On the field, I'm Josh Cribbs. I've got to show up for my team, I've got to be out there for them. I'm a captain, I'm a leader. I've got to set an example by my play. It's what I do in the locker room and on the field amongst my players.''