When the Oakland Raiders signed Josh Cribbs this offseason, they thought they had themselves a legitimate punt and kickoff returner.
As it turns out, they’re releasing him. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Cribbs was among the 10 players that were waived today by the Raiders.
He had surgery to remove meniscus cartilage in his knees earlier this offseason, which is still bothering him today. In fact, that was enough to make the Arizona Cardinals rescind their contract offer to him in March when he failed his physical.
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 1,178 yards on 43 kickoff returns.
However, he clearly looked uncomfortable during preseason action with the Raiders. On Friday night against the Bears, he mishandled the opening kickoff, then fumbled his second opportunity.
It wasn’t like this was totally unexpected. In addition to the Cardinals bailing on Cribbs because of injury, the Jets also decided not to sign him after he took a physical with them earlier in the offseason, with GM John Idzik saying that Cribbs “isn’t quite there yet.”
Cribbs, 30, has spent eight seasons with the Browns. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time member of the All-Pro team.