December 23, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Cleveland Browns punt returner Joshua Cribbs (16) returns a punt during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Cribbs Could Solve Two of the Detroit Lions’ Problems


The Detroit Lions are in need of a solid return man and free agent Josh Cribbs remains one of the league’s best. For that reason alone it is not surprising that the Lions have shown interest.

But I have followed this story with interest in the side-story. The Lions have a need for a receiver to play on the outside opposite Calvin Johnson and Cribbs spent the last four years of his tenure in Cleveland fighting for respect as a receiver. The Lions only move to address their need for an outside receiver so far was to draft Corey Fuller in the sixth round, hardly the kind of move that strikes the need from the list.

Signing Cribbs wouldn’t automatically solve Lions problem either but he may be the best remaining option. The Lions have the need and Cribbs has the desire – it’s a no-lose situation. And it’s not like Cribbs hasn’t had some success as a receiver when given the opportunity. He caught 41 passes for 518 yards and four touchdowns for the Browns in 2011.

Cribbs is said to be deciding between the Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, New York Jets and Lions. A decision could be made any day now, although recent reports indicate that the process may be slowed by a lingering knee issue. Should Cribbs end up with the Lions, his playing time at wide receiver will be one of the better position battles to watch during training camp and the preseason.

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