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Mangini says new contract is coming for Cribbs

Posted by Mike Florio on December 12, 2009 11:16 AM ET

Patience finally could be paying off for Browns receiver Josh Cribbs.


The man who does it all for the Browns made clear in the offseason his firm belief that owner Randy Lerner had promised a new contract last December. But the new regime of coach Eric Mangini and former G.M. George Kokinis took the position that no promises had been made by any current members of the organization, including Lerner. ("ManKok" seemed to acknowledge that former G.M. Phil Savage had promised that Cribbs' contract would be modified.)


On the field, Cribbs has handled himself professionally, not holding out of camp and never walking out after arriving, despite scattered suggestions that he was thinking about leaving the team in order to force a new deal.


On Friday, a day after Cribbs' efforts powered the Browns to their second win of the year and first over the Steelers since October 5, 2003, Mangini admitted that a new deal will be coming for Cribbs.


Though Mangini said that nothing along those lines currently is happening, he admitted in comments distributed by the team that "t's something that we are looking into and want to, obviously, move forward with."


Asked if a new contract will indeed be given to Cribbs, Mangini said, "Yes, I imagine that something will get done."


Cribbs is signed for three more years, at salaries of $620,000 in 2009, $635,000 in 2010, $650,000 in 2011, and $790,000 in 2012. The deal was signed before Cribbs emerged as arguably the best player on the team -- and this is one of the very few instances in which we'll depart from our belief that a player should be expected to honor the terms of a non-rookie deal.


Besides, it's hard for the Browns to continue to adhere to the outdated contract when a member of senior management -- Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown -- is making the case on Cribbs' behalf.


"He is a spiritual force," Brown said after Thursday's win over the Steelers. "What he does is so pure, it's running the ball, then going down to make a tackle. It's playing the game with the right attitude, giving himself all the way."


Now it's time for the Browns to give something back to Cribbs. And the Browns apparently have figured that out.




Finally. This guy should have gotten a new contract months ago. I'm glad this franchise looks like it actually wants to turn around.

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