Cribbs hopeful for contract compromise
BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns receiver and return specialist Joshua Cribbs said after Wednesday's voluntary team workout that his contract issues have not been resolved, but he's happy to be back on the football field.
I'm here to play football, and however way it works itself out I'm going to be on this football team. Hopefully everything works out in both of our favors, and we can make a compromise with myself and the team.” -- Joshua Cribbs
Speaking for the first time since his contract dispute went public, Cribbs said it was more important to be with his teammates as they learn a different system under new coach Eric Mangini.
"I'm here to play football, and however way it works itself out I'm going to be on this football team," Cribbs said. "Hopefully everything works out in both of our favors, and we can make a compromise with myself and the team."
Cribbs did some work Wednesday at receiver and returning kicks, adding there are plans in place to use him on defense. He confirmed the assurances made by the Browns' former regime to rework his contract, but said he's not going to hold it over the head of Mangini and first-year general manager George Kokinis.
Cribbs did not clarify whether Browns owner Randy Lerner was part of the agreement, which according to various reports, has been a major point of contention.
Josh Cribbs takes to the air, diving into the end zone for a Browns TD on Monday night.
Cribbs has four years remaining on a six-year, $6.7 million contract. He is hopeful something will get done but didn't state whether he would play out the season or request a trade if there was no progress.
"I can't tell the future," Cribbs said.
James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.