Cribbs: Future with Browns 'unlikely'

Updated: January 8, 2010, 12:07 PM ET
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Wide receiver Josh Cribbs cleaned out his locker Thursday, a day after his agent told ESPN.com the Cleveland Browns were "insulting" his client with low-ball offers.

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Cribbs said it's "unlikely" that he'll play again for the Browns, despite his good feelings for coach Eric Mangini, whom the Browns said Thursday they would retain for next season.

"I did all the playing I'm going to play on this contract," Cribbs said Thursday. "I ain't doing nothing, I'm not showing my face until it's right."

Cribbs has three years remaining on a six-year, $6.77 million deal. Cribbs made a base salary of $900,000 this past season. Cleveland offered to raise his annual salary to $1.4 million for the final three years of his contract, Cribbs' agent, Peter Schaffer, said.

Cribbs told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland he will request a trade, likely before the league resumes business after the Super Bowl on March 4.

"If they're definitely set on that offer, then I'm out of here, no question," he told the Cleveland newspaper.

As for keeping Mangini, Cribbs told the paper: "That's a good decision by Mike Holmgren. He's the right man for the job. Guys have started to buy into his system. I feel like a good football mind would know that coach Mangini has this team going in the right direction. I can't see another coach coming in here and creating the impact that he's done so far. I feel like that's a job well-done right there."

Cribbs, Cleveland's most popular player, is coming off the most productive season of his career.

"I'm not just insulted by the number, but by the fact they consider me just a kick returner," Cribbs told The Plain Dealer. "I'm so much more than that."

He returned three kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns, rushed for 381 yards and had 20 receptions for the Browns (5-11), who finished the season with a four-game winning streak.

"I said goodbye to some people on the medical staff, some of the equipment guys and the coaches," Cribbs said, according to The Plain Dealer. "I wished the coaches luck and told them I hoped they kept their jobs. But it absolutely felt like the last time I'd be setting foot inside the building. I feel like it's over for me in Cleveland."

On Wednesday, Cribbs was named special teams player of the month by the NFL.

Cribbs also expressed his disappointment on his Twitter feed Thursday: "I'm sorry guys i don't want to seem greedy but fair is fair & there is no way around it, i'm the best at what I do but paid the lowest. Hmmm."

In the interview with The Plain Dealer, Cribbs said it didn't matter that he's still under contract until 2012.

"I don't have to do anything," Cribbs said. "If I have to sit that whole time, I'll sit. There's no way I'll play another down for the Browns without the new contract. But they won't let me sit, because I have value. They'd be forced to trade me because it's a business."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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