The Oakland Raiders signed free agent kick returner and wide receiver Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a versatile player that could boost the offense and special teams.
Cribbs’ agent, John Rickert, confirmed the deal but declined to disclose financial terms. He said Cribbs drew interest from several teams and felt the Raiders were the right fit after a visit to the team’s headquarters last Monday.
”I think Josh felt they could utilize his skillset the best, both as a returner and a receiver,” Rickert said by phone. ”Josh was just really comfortable with the coaches and the opportunity. He views them as an upstart team that has a chance to compete in the division, and I think it’s a great fit for everybody.”
Cribbs, who turns 30 next month, had been with the Cleveland Browns since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005. He averaged 27.4 yards on kick returns and 12 yards per punt return last season but did not have a touchdown. He also had seven receptions for 63 yards.
Cribbs’ eight kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied with Leon Washington for the most in NFL history. He also has three punt returns for scores.
While he has made his biggest marks on special teams, Cribbs also has contributed on offense when called upon.
Cribbs has 107 receptions for 1,161 yards and seven touchdowns and has rushed for 753 yards and two TDs in his career. He also is 4-for-12 passing for 45 yards and one interception.
Cribbs wrote on Twitter that ”I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself yet again! Fresh start, New team, New chip on my shoulder!!!” He added that he loves Cleveland and posted a photo of an animated player with his likeness in a No. 16 Raiders uniform on Instagram and signed ”Team Cribbs.”