Cribbs says he deserves fair-market value

January, 11, 2010
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Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl returner Josh Cribbs is making the media rounds in Bristol, Conn., Monday. On ESPN's "First Take," he discussed his unhappiness with his contract.

Cribbs was paid a base salary of $900,000 this past season after making his second Pro Bowl. The Browns offered to raised his annual salary to $1.4 million over the final three years of his deal, which disappointed Cribbs and his representatives.

Cribbs said he wished the dispute could've been settled privately. But he feels he's not getting offered fair-market value.

"To this point, I have not gone public with how I felt," Cribbs said. "But I went two times trying to get a different contract, and two times [I was] turned down and told to wait and be patient, and I have. I feel like I’ve played and did what I had to do on the field to show them why I deserve it."

According to a recent report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, other returners such as Devin Hester, Roscoe Parrish and Andre Davis are making a minimum of $3.2 million per season. At this point both Cribbs and the Browns appear far apart.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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