OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - 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 they hope will 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.''

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Bengals, Jaguars set for exhibition shootout For a team expected to take the next step in 2016, the Jaguars have displayed very little punch during the preseason. Does that change in tonight’s...
Thumbnail Chargers vs. Vikings Pick Will the Minnesota Vikings be able to pick up another preseason win when they host the San Diego Chargers at 1PM ET?
Thumbnail Cowboys' 2016 Super Bowl odds drop Quarterback Tony Romo will miss between 6-10 weeks with a back injury and the odds that the Cowboys will win the 2016 Super Bowl have...
Thumbnail Broncos host Rams, QB battles abound No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff had a pretty nondescript training camp. Judging by the Los Angeles coaching staff’s outline for preseason game No. 3, not much is...
Thumbnail Giants vs. Jets Preseason Pick Will tonight's Giants and Jets matchup at 7:30PM ET be low-scoring for bettors?
More inNFL Articles  
Advertisement

NFL Team Pages