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Report: Josh Cribbs’ failed physical holds up talks with Cardinals

3/19/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Free agent wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribb’s job hunt took him to Arizona on Monday. Although early reports indicated both sides were close to a deal, there’s been a holdup in the signing due to prevailing issues form an offseason surgery.
 
There have been contradictory reports of Josh Cribbs failing his physical with the Arizona Cardinals. However, several sources concluded though the Arizona Cardinals seized talks, the team hasn’t moved on from Josh Cribbs yet.
 
Josh Cribbs’ agent JR Rickert stated the signing with the Arizona Cardinals is on hold until Cribbs fully recovers from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus ligament in one of his knees. JR Rickert also denied that Josh Cribbs failed his physical with the Arizona Cardinals, adding that it was simply a case of the team trainers not recommending signing Cribbs until his knee had fully healed. He expected the Arizona Cardinals to give Josh Cribbs a second shot at a physical within a few weeks, giving him enough time to make a full recovery.
 
JR Rickert added that meanwhile Josh Cribbs is not talking with other teams. However, it’s unclear if the Arizona Cardinals are looking at other free-agent returners.
 
The 29-year-old Josh Cribbs was let go by the Cleveland Browns last week. Although Josh Cribbs was willing to take a pay cut to remain with the team, the Cleveland Browns showed little interest in re-signing him, probably due to his minimal impact in the passing game. The only time he excelled at the position was in the 2011 season, when Josh Cribbs recorded a career-best 41 receptions for 518 yards and four touchdowns.
 
Josh Cribbs spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns, signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2005. The three-time Pro Bowler was an elite-kick returner for the Cleveland Browns, returning eight kick and three punts for touchdowns, while averaging 1.0 yards per punt return as well as 25.9 yards per kick return, over his eight-year NFL career.
 
Last season, Josh Cribbs finished fourth best in the NFL while averaging 27.4-yard average on kick returns.
 
It is a position where the Arizona Cardinals will likely keep Josh Cribbs if he is signed by the team.
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