Josh Cribbs fails Cardinals physical, still a free agent

REPORT: Josh Cribbs failed his physical, Cardinals yank contract offer

3/19/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Josh Cribbs fails Cardinals physical, still a free agentThe NFC West has been cleaning up in free agency, but the Arizona Cardinals have just backed out of their marquee signing. The Cards were all set to sign electrifying three-time Pro Bowl receiver-kick returner Josh Cribbs on Monday, but they got cold feet over his torn meniscus. Cribbs failed his Cardinals physical and remains a free agent.

The surprising scoop comes from ESPN Cleveland, the city in which Cribbs played all of his eight pro seasons. The source is significant, because everyone in Cleveland not named "Jimmy Haslam III" is really holding out hope that Cribbs might somehow return to the Browns.

Will Burge reports that Josh Cribbs failed his Arizona Cardinals physical, and he remains an unsigned free agent. "ESPN Cleveland has learned from multiple sources that the delay in Cribbs signing is because he failed his physical with the Cardinals on Monday," Burge writes. "It seems as though Cribbs still has options on the open market but only time will tell if a failed physical will scare off prospective suitors."

Blog Photo - Josh Cribbs fails Cardinals physical, still a free agentCribbs' agent J. R. Rickert angrily shot back a strange quasi-denial to FOX Sports. "Cribbs did not fail his physical," Rickert texted to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez. "The team simply wanted more time for his meniscus to heal before continuing talks with us."

So Cribbs "did not fail" his physical -- It's merely a case of the team whose doctors performed the physical backing out of their planned agreement based on the results of that physical.

Cribbs, who made the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s, is tied with the Patriots' Leon Washington for the most career kickoff returns for touchdowns. That said, Cribbs has not run one back all the way since 2011.

Meanwhile, the rest of the NFC West gets richer in free agency. Today Cleveland's other special teams ace Pro Bowl placekicker Phil Dawson signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Dawson went a fantastic 29 of 31 on field goal attempts last season, while the 49ers fared notably poorer in 2012 with David Akers kicking.
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