We’ve all heard the praise being bestowed upon Tom Brady for taking a pay cut to help his organization, the New England Patriots. Now Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs has said he’d take a pay cut to stay with the Cleveland Browns.
He is currently set to be a free agent on March 12th and talked about the situation on local Cleveland station 92.3 The Fan.
“It’s at a standstill right now,” Cribbs said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I’m hearing a lot of different meetings are being scheduled with different teams and everything. My plan is to stay with the team as much as possible, even to take a slight pay cut. But at the same time, not huge pay cuts. And I’m trying to work with the team. I want to be a Brown. I want to end my career here. We have the coaches to do it now, to take it to the next level, and I definitely want to be there.”
But unfortunately he alludes to the fact that the feelings might not be mutual.
“Right now, it doesn’t seem like the interest level is there with upper management,” Cribbs said. “I want to be a Brown. I want to continue my career here. I want to retire a Cleveland Brown, and that’s my intention. I’m gonna go as far as I can with the team to make a compromise.”
It’s odd that he wants to stay with an organization that he says hasn’t used him up to his full potential.
“I know I haven’t been used to my potential,” Cribbs said. “My thing with coaches and upper management — mostly with upper management — you draft guys and guys come in that’s new, they have to play. And it shouldn’t be this way. It should be the best guys that’s gonna help you win that play.”
He’s been good as a punt returner, but a very mediocre receiver. Of course he has played in Cleveland.