- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Jets are waiting for former Browns WR/KR Josh Cribbs to get healthy before offering him a contract. Cribbs, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after last season, took a physical last week with the Jets.
"I don't think he is quite there yet, but he is probably getting close," GM John Idzik said Tuesday at the BTIG charity event in Manhattan.
Cribbs, who turns 30 next month, also visited the Raiders, Giants and Lions. He told the Lions' official website that he wants to sign with a team "that's missing a piece to becoming a Super Bowl-caliber team." That would seem to eliminate the Jets and Raiders, and possibly the Lions, but you know how it goes in free agency -- money talks. Cribbs is recovering from a torn meniscus. The Cardinals were interested in him in March, but they reportedly backed off because of his knee.
Idzik, speaking publicly for the first time since last weekend's rookie minicamp, said he was impressed with QB Geno Smith. He said Smith and the other rookies responded nicely in their first NFL setting.
"We fire a lot at those guys, by design," Idzik said. "We fire-hose them with a lot of information, install a lot of things in a short period of time. I thought Geno -- and the rookie class for that matter as a whole -- did very well."
Rex Ryan, who also appeared at the charity event, joked that Smith had only five different plays to run.
"He can definitely throw the football," Ryan said. "That is the thing that jumps out."
It's ridiculous to say Smith is the frontrunner for the starting job after only one minicamp -- he still hasn't faced an NFL-caliber defense -- but there's no doubt the organization is privately rooting for him to take command. The quarterback competition will intensify Monday with the start of OTA practices.
Ryan touched on a couple of other topics:
On Giants co-owner Steve Tisch telling TMZ that the Jets may have sabotaged Tim Tebow's career: "No, I've got no reaction to that. I'm just excited about coaching my guys and moving forward with this football team."
-- Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report