Josh Cribbs could provide a much-needed jolt to the Jets offense, if they can sign him
According to multiple reports, free agent wide receiver/ kick returner Josh Cribbs visited the Jets on Wednesday. Cribbs also visited the Oakland Raiders earlier this week.
The Jets are in need of a veteran receiver, and there have been rumors of their possible interest in New England Patriots’ Brandon Lloyd as well as talks with free agent Ramses Barden. Jets general manager John Idzik also recently dropped hint about the possibility of re-signing their own free agent receiver Braylon Edwards.
But while Cribbs could compete as for the at least the receiver position, it’s the special teams where he really makes an impact. Last season Cribbs returned eight kicks for touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns, while leading the league fourth in kickoff-return average (27.4 yards) and sixth in punt average (12.0).
Although Cribbs did amass 107 passes and rushed 128 yards for a combined 1,914 yards and nine touchdowns while contributing on the offense during his NFL career; he only appeared in 62 offensive plays to finish last season with just catches. Cribbs had his best season as a receiver in 2011, catching 41 passes 518 yards and four touchdowns.
The two-time Pro Bowler Cribbs remained dormant through most of free agency due to teams questioning his health coming off an offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Although Cribbs visited the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the offseason, the team lost interest after Cribbs failed physical. Instead, the Cardinals selected defensive back/returner Tyran Mathieu in the third-round of last month’s draft.
However, Cribbs is ramping up back interest lately with as many as four teams reportedly in the mix. The Raiders, who hosted Cribbs on Monday, have already offered a contract, according to sources. The Jets will have to make a competitive contract offer if they hope to sign Cribbs at this point. While the Jets have remained active through free agency, the team has made economical additions to the roster.