The Oakland Raiders were well aware of Josh Cribbs’ nagging knee injury when they signed him to a one-year contract earlier this week, rolling the dice on the speedy return man.
Cribbs, however, says he will be ready to play:
I’m doing well. We never had planned to comment on injury but we play our first game in September or August and it’s barely June. We’re not lining up to play football. If we were lining up to play football in June then it would be a hot topic. I will be ready to play football when it’s time to play football and I think that is the important thing.
He then claimed that Jets’ GM John Izdik’s comments about his knee not being right were just “a negotiation tactic.”
Izdik claimed that Cribbs “isn’t quite there” after he visited and took a physical with the Jets.
Cribbs also talked about why he chose to sign with the Raiders:
I feel like the Raiders are a traditional, winning team like Cleveland is. They won a lot in the past — they have a history of it. It’s a blue-collar, underdog city and it would be so great to come here and win games and fight for an opportunity to have a chance to win games. I feel like the Raiders are moving in the right direction and I would love to be a part of it when they turn things around.
Cribbs was among the top 10 returners in the league for punts and kickoffs last season for the Browns.
In 38 punt returns last season, Cribbs recorded 457 yards. He also had 1178 yards on 43 kickoff returns.