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Raiders sign standout kick returner

The Raiders on Wednesday signed wide receiver Josh Cribbs, giving them a versatile player that can bolster their receiving corps as well as their return game.
Cribbs visited numerous teams in recent weeks, including the Raiders. Ultimately, he opted to join a team that is in a position to make use of all his talents.
“I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself yet again!” Cribbs said via Twitter. “Fresh start. New team, new chip on my shoulder!!!! Love u Cleveland but now it’s #2013RaiderNation.”
Cribbs, who turns 30 on June 9, spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, where he developed into one of the game’s most productive kick and punt returners.
His eight kick returns for touchdowns are tied for the most in NFL history. He also amassed 1,914 yards and nine touchdowns rushing and receiving for the Browns.
Cribbs gives the Raiders another viable option on kick returns, with Jacoby Ford back from a foot injury that sidelined him all of last season. Cribbs also fills a huge void on punt returns, an area in which the Raiders struggled in recent seasons.

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  • Charlie

    NYC

    You can not correct a decade’s worth of bad decisions in one or two seasons.
    Not when they are as serious as the ones that were made PRIOR to Reggie’s arrival.
    Drafting pathetic piles of crap like JR and McClain is inexcusable and set us back 5 years!!!!!

    My draft predictions were OT, DE then CB in that order.
    We went CB, OT then OLB. Not that far off when you look at Sio and his skill set of rushing the passer.
    I have stressed Oline and two of Reggie’s top three picks were Oline. (Bergstrom and Watson).

    Seymour was slated to earn $14 million when Reggie got the job. What do you want him to do, just cut him and eat it all????????? He also had to deal with the Routt/Wimbley MESS!!!!!
    You also had the nature of the contracts and what that meant.
    Read below. READ IT!!!! DO YOU COMPREHEND???? Those are the cold hard facts. Not excuses.
    FACTS.

    Most NFL contract guarantees contain language which allows a club to reduce the amount they owe a released player by the amount of his new deal with another club (an “offset”). Since Routt’s contract doesn’t have this language, he has been getting paid this year from both the Raiders and the Chiefs. Routt counts $10,785,334 in dead money on Oakland’s cap. Without the restructuring, his dead money would only be $3,333,334. Routt made $15 million for the one season he played under this deal.

    Kamerion Wimbley is the other major dead money charge for the Raiders at $9.9 million. McKenzie attempted to renegotiate the five-year, $48.5 million contract Wimbley received last year, but didn’t have much leverage because $6.5 million of his 2012 base salary was fully guaranteed without an offset at signing. He released Wimbley on March 16th, a day before the remaining $4.5 million of his $11 million 2012 base salary, his $11 million 2013 base salary and $2 million of his 2014 base salary became fully guaranteed. Kevin Boss and John Henderson, who were also released, are receiving $2 million and $1.5 million payments, respectively, from the Raiders this year because of salary guarantees without offsets.

    Contracts Reggie inherited PRIOR to getting under the cap for 2012:
    DT Richard Seymour $14,068,000
    QB Carson Palmer $12,500,000
    LB Kamerion Wimbley $11,850,000
    CB Stanford Routt $10,785,334
    FS Michael Huff $9,828,750
    RB Darren McFadden $9,478,833
    DT Tommy Kelly $8,874,266
    WR Darrius Heyward-Bey $8,159,000
    LB Aaron Curry $5,757,500
    P Shane Lechler $4,900,000
    TE Kevin Boss $4,750,000
    DT John Henderson $4,750,000
    PK Sebastian Janikowski $4,500,000
    CB Chris Johnson $4,500,000
    LB Rolando McClain $3,640,000
    OG Cooper Carlisle $3,300,000
    FS Hiram Eugene $2,500,000
    DE Lamarr Houston $1,116,250
    SS Mike Mitchell $965,500

  • RNOraiderFan

    So many times I want to talk about a certain player but can’t spell his flippin name Haha. There is some good ones in the NFL. That’s why I stick to talking about Woodson, McFadden, Bass and such.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Don’t worry Nyc Houston is a disrupter. He’s not going to get you 10+ sacks from the DE position. What he does is disrupt the linemen and causes shifts to his side where he is solid against the run. He puts constant pressure on the QB and makes the RB change holes. He will still be the same player is he is double teamed.

  • SnBG

    851….great post. Were did you get all of that info?

  • RNOraiderFan

    Sims is a giant Beast of a man with incredible strength at the point of attack. And can plug holes and push Linemen back into their QB. His problem to date in the NFL has been staying healthy. I worry about our depth at DT.

  • hwnrdr

    834.R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 6:15 am
    hwnrdr Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 5:47 am
    Good F’ing Morning Nation!!!
    Rain + dumbarses = well, if you live/lived in the Bay you know what it means!

    ***************************
    lol .. it means people cant drive and i get paid selling crash parts !!!
    rain + dumbarses = $$$$$$ !!

    LOL, good way to look at it!

  • Gdog

    Seymour was slated to earn $14 million when Reggie got the job. What do you want him to do, just cut him and eat it all?????????
    >>>>

    Why not? Thats about what he is eating this year? Why did he kick the damn can down the road? Why did he keep Branch, then restructure him? Why did he bring in Brisiel, then restructure him? BLUNDER BLUNDER BLUNDER. Getting rid of Hue. BLUNDER! Letting greenhorn moron DA bring in Knapp… BLUNDER.

    Yes, Reggie inherited some out of whack salaries and two eight and eight seasons… but it looks at least one year away from 8-8 again, and maybe more if none of our QB’s pan out.

    I know a lot of you looked at Reggie as your savior… but to keep sweeping his obvious BLUNDERS under the rug isn’t going to change the fact that this team will be a laughing stock this year, and part of it is on REGGIE! He should have cleaned house last year and it would be over already.

  • RaidingTexas

    So much for Marquette King. Not sure what was the point of keeping him on injured reserve last season.

  • hwnrdr

    838.Myopinion Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 6:20 am
    Hwndr,
    Good morning,
    Thought I saw they did offer him a contract. Woodson I mean?

    I thought I seen that he left without one…could be wrong!
    Good Morning!!!

  • hwnrdr

    858.RaidingTexas Says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 6:50 am
    So much for Marquette King. Not sure what was the point of keeping him on injured reserve last season.

    Why? Did he leave?

  • RNOraiderFan

    Vance is also along the lines as a stout run plugger. All this line needs is some pass rush. I just don’t see it vetting help in that dept this year. Adding a stud DE pass rusher in next years draft might make this a solid unit. Also by then some of our youngsters hopefully will have developed and BAM we have a good line. We are just going to have to get through this year…. I hope.

  • hwnrdr

    Nevermind…just seen we signed Chris Kluwe

  • SnBG

    Don’t forget Vance Walker. He will get his chance to be a starter this year and could be the breakout player of the year for the Raiders

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Don’t you love Siragusa doing a ‘Depends’ commercial?!

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk 27s
    Chris Kluwe says he’s signing with Raiders on Thursday http://wp.me/p14QSB-8Wjr

  • RNOraiderFan

    Kluwe is solid tho. Not a Shane, but solid.

  • MikieG
  • RNOraiderFan

    Houston, Walker, Sims….. building blocks to a solid line. We are just missing a pass rushing DE and 3rd down DT. Maybe some of the youngsters will grow into those positions. Like Bass at DE. If no one develops then it will need to be addressed in next years draft early not in the 7th round.

  • Charlie

    SnB

    The decline of the Raiders is a sad story that has garnered a great deal of attention from writers outside the Bay area. I am from the east coast and I am able to get some interesting articles written quite objectively about the Raiders.

    There has actually been quite a bit of analysis on the subject of how a once proud franchise can literally fall apart.

    The cap issue has been widely publicized because of the impact the Raiders were having on NFL salaries especially during the 2007 and 2010 spending sprees.
    See below.

    As of March 25, 2012, The Oakland Raiders held TWO SELECTIONS in the 2012 NFL Draft (a 5th and 6th round pick), which was just about a month away. The NFL awarded the Raiders three COMPENSATORY PICKS March 26. (A 3rd round 4th round and 5th round pick).

    “In 2010, Al Davis went all out for his football team in an uncapped year and spent the most money in the league at over $150 million in player salaries. THAT IS EASILY THE MOST MONEY EVER SPENT ON A TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. One thing we know for sure is that Al Davis made his own bed here and whether that is good or bad, he must lie in it. At the other end of the spectrum are the Bengals, who have only $83.5 million in commitments for 2012. The Buccaneers, Titans, Redskins, and Broncos also are under $100 million.”

    “Reports are now coming out that the Raiders cap overshot is actually more like $30 million for 2012-nearly three times the original figure. Even at the original $11 million estimation, the Raiders had a lot of work to do. With this new figure, they go from pruning and trimming to SLASH AND BURN.”

    McKenzie: “Doing this (last off-season) when we have over $30 million dollars over (the cap) with him the way his contract was, no. I did not have the luxury to do anything (last off-season) because of our current situation as it was. I was trying to get under. When you’re trying to get rid of $30 million-plus, it’s hard when you’re trying to bring in more (free agents) to add on to that.”

    “In general manager Reggie McKenzie’s first offseason with the team, HIS HANDS WERE ESSENTIALLY TIED DUE TO A TOUGH SALARY CAP AND VERY FEW DRAFT PICKS. IN THE 2013 DRAFT, THE RAIDERS WILL HAVE MORE SELECTIONS, AS WELL AS A FIRST-ROUND PICK FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2010.”

    “The Raiders (4-10) have stumbled on the field, but McKenzie, especially, is well-respected around the NFL. He took over a TALENT-POOR TEAM that was stripped of draft picks in 2012.”

    “The Raiders knew they were taking a risk extending the players they did prior to the lockout.”

  • RNOraiderFan

    The QB will have all day this year, that’s the facts. That’s why Reg went heavy on CB this off season and LB for those safety valve routes. Like a RB in the flat.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    So many times I want to talk about a certain player but can’t spell his flippin name Haha. There is some good ones in the NFL. That’s why I stick to talking about Woodson, McFadden, Bass and such.
    =====================================================

    http://www.raiders.com/team/roster.html

    Interactive, too. Click to arrange by name no. pos. ht.,etc.

  • SnBG

    Why not? Thats about what he is eating this year? Why did he kick the damn can down the road? Why did he keep Branch, then restructure him? Why did he bring in Brisiel, then restructure him? BLUNDER BLUNDER BLUNDER. Getting rid of Hue. BLUNDER! Letting greenhorn moron DA bring in Knapp… BLUNDER.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Your talking in hind site like a Monday morning GM. Seymour played well the year before. Why get rid of him after that. Same thing for Branch and what makes you think Branch won’t bounce back this year? Brisiel also could turn out to be a good player. One year isn’t enough to get rid of Reg.

  • bcz24

    Kluwe will sign, but King still has a chance to beat him in camp for the job. It’s no surprise that we are bringing multiple punters into camp, all teams do. Kluwe is very solid. He wont boom it 70 yards, but, he wont shank it 18 yards oob either. If King put in his work, and can be more consistent he should have no problem beating out the vet.

  • Charlie

    Gdog

    Read my 851 post. Please really read it.

    The problem is far greater than just the amount of the contracts!!!!!

    Add to that a decade of horrible drafts (JR and McClain are NOT EVEN IN THE LEAGUE) and giving away high picks for a retired QB and you have a horrible multi year fix.

  • Charlie

    Gdog

    You can not eat it all in one year.

    Read my 851 post. Wimbley and Routt alone killed us when we were already $30 million OVER THE CAP!!!!

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    Raiders signed P Chris Kluwe to a one-year contract.
    Kluwe’s controversial/outspoken nature, mediocre play and $1.45M contract got him ousted from Minnesota. He’ll fit right in the with the Raiders, who now have their Shane Lechler replacement at a veteran minimum salary. Kluwe’s torn left meniscus is expected to be healed well before camp.
    …….

    guess King isn’t the man after all.

  • SnBG

    Thxs Charlie Says. Very logical and well researched posts

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    Man, first juicers and foo-foo health tips, now a night of tipping our cap to cartoons and the amazing screenplay of Casablanca?
    ======================================================

    You got a problem with Foghorn Leghorn?
    I say, I say listen up, I say listen here, Son. Now pay attention, I say pay attention to what I’m telling you.

  • bcz24

    guess King isn’t the man after all.
    ****************
    It’s just camp competition.

  • SnBG

    Gdog, you can’t ignore the truth and financial facts of the Raiders situation. Along side of that Mr Davis left the team about 140 mil in dedt and saddled the tax payers with a 140 some odd mil tax burden as of 2012

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Actually, seeing it written down, Foghorn and Priest sound a lot alike. I’m going to hear Foghorn’s voice whenever I read Priest’s comments. That ought to make ‘em much more palatable.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    so the rumor has it that we signed Kluwe as well…

  • nycraider

    Charlie once again you choose to ignore reggies part in this. Seymour had a roster bonus due last febuary. If Reggie cut him he would have only owed Seymour 7.5 mil. Instead Reggie doesn’t cut hin gives him a new contract that has a tremendous amount of dead money this year. Reggie wasn’t forced to franchise Branch then give him an enormous contract. That was reggies choice. Reggie made a bad decision on restructuring palmer and huff. With respect to the draft, he gives up 2 drafts picks for a qb then in the 4 th round with a potential pass rusher available he drafts a qb.Someday you won’t have the past as an excuse. Reggie has now had 15 draft picks we will see how many of those turn into quality nfl players. Right now we have the worse dl in the history of the raiders. Hope reggie has plan to improve the dl this summer

  • morilla

    Contracts Reggie inherited PRIOR to getting under the cap for 2012:
    DT Richard Seymour $14,068,000
    QB Carson Palmer $12,500,000
    LB Kamerion Wimbley $11,850,000
    CB Stanford Routt $10,785,334
    FS Michael Huff $9,828,750
    RB Darren McFadden $9,478,833
    DT Tommy Kelly $8,874,266
    WR Darrius Heyward-Bey $8,159,000
    LB Aaron Curry $5,757,500
    P Shane Lechler $4,900,000
    TE Kevin Boss $4,750,000
    DT John Henderson $4,750,000
    PK Sebastian Janikowski $4,500,000
    CB Chris Johnson $4,500,000
    LB Rolando McClain $3,640,000
    OG Cooper Carlisle $3,300,000
    FS Hiram Eugene $2,500,000
    DE Lamarr Houston $1,116,250
    SS Mike Mitchell $965,500

    ——————————————–

    Good lord, just look at that mess. It’s like trying not to look at a horrendous plane crash. You try, but you can’t deny the beauty of it’s destruction.

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    The Denver Post says the Broncos are “likely” still the leading candidate to sign free agent Charles Woodson.
    Woodson left his Broncos visit without a contract, presumably so he can meet with the Raiders and Panthers. It looks like a leverage ploy. The Broncos can offer plenty of money (they’re roughly $7M under the cap), a chance to start at strong safety and a legit shot at a Super Bowl. Woodson would help them defend the growing number of “move” tight ends in the AFC.
    ……..

    sad… The man who once called himself Mr. Raider and then held the team hostage with ridiculous contract demands will most likely end his career wearing god-awful orange n blue.

    I might be one of the few to say this, but I still resent the guy for the way he left the Raiders to start with and wasn’t real fond of him coming back to the team, but its even worse to think of him wearing another AFC West color.

  • Charlie

    NYC
    Not sure if you even read my 851 post. I mean really read it.
    The problem is complex. If you do not understand the circumstances you can not understand why Reggie has done what he has done.

    Reggie’s primary job description as GM is to ensure that player talent and compensation are balanced.
    TALENT and COMPENSATION are linked in the NFL with the salary cap. No one can look at one without considering the other.

    Other than Bryant/Wheeler (who have yet to earn a penny under their new contracts) name a player that Reggie has cut and that ultimately signed for more money??? (McClain is out of league at 23!!!)
    Bush was a horrible value last year for Chicago gaining 411 yards on the ground playing 13 games.
    Reggie’s performance has been spot on.

    Sure Reggie needs to acquire talent but he cannot acquire it if he cannot pay for it.
    Step one is to ascertain if our roster in 2011 and 2012 was worth the money.

    Reggie has done a masterful job under horrible circumstances. Validated by 29 other NFL teams. (We will see about Bryant/Wheeler).

  • R8ER MIKE

    lmao Llama man !!

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    new post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DJ Johnny

    I like the Cribbs signing and i’m happy our return game will be better but I hope Bobby April fixes our return COVERAGE more than anything.

    Those kickoff returns for td’s against us are killers.

    SD did it to us that last game of 2011 AND the last game last yr. when right out of the gate in Pryor’s 1st ever start we’re behind the 8 ball down 7-0 before he gets a snap, and who can forget what a backbreaker that return Denver had against us at home vs. Tebow.

    Jacoby Jones last yr at Baltimore made us look like an inept group of losers with his return for a td.

    Since the last time we returned a kick off or punt for td the opposition has done it to us what….at least 5 or 6 times?

    Those things can kill a team.

  • DJ Johnny

    Ha. Last post again.

  • SnBG

    Reggie doesn’t cut hin gives him a new contract that has a tremendous amount of dead money this year
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Nyc, you lost me on this comment. What deal did Reg sign Seymour to. He already had a 2 yr deal in place as of 2011?
    On February 17, 2011, Seymour agreed to a two year, $30 million contract extension, making him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL

  • SnBG

    Reggie didn’t give Seymour a new contract. All he did was restructure Seymour’s deal in order to keep Seymour based on his 2011 performance. Not a bad decision. He did this in the hopes of buying time to find Seymours replacement.I bet no one here thought Seymour wold have the year he had last year. Reg was juggling the cap in the hopes that Seymour would be good again for one more year.