Report: Raiders offer Joshua Cribbs a contract

Report: Raiders offer Joshua Cribbs a contract
May 8, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Joshua Cribbs has returned an NFL record-tying eight kickoffs for touchdowns, though none since 2009. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

UPDATE: The Raiders have reportedly offered Joshua Cribbs a contract. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting Cribbs passed a physical for his knee during his visit to Oakland,  prompting the Raiders to offer him a contract. The report says Cribbs' next visit will be with the New York Jets. 

The Raiders need help at receiver, experienced help.

And who couldn't use one of the most dangerous return men in the game's history?

As such, the Raiders played host to former Cleveland Pro Bowler Joshua Cribbs this week, the team confirmed. Cribbs, though, left the Raiders' facility without a contract. He is on the mend from offseason arthroscopic surgery on a knee to repair a torn meniscus.

Cribbs, 29, joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005 and has returned an NFL record-tying eight kickoffs for touchdowns, though none since 2009. He has also returned three punts for scores in his career, his most recent in 2011.

In his career, Cribbs has returned 387 kickoffs for 10,015 yards (25.9 yards average) and 195 punts for 2,154 yards (11.1 average) while catching 107 passes for 1,161 yards (10.9 average) and seven TDs and rushing for 753 yards and two TDs on 128 carries (5.9 average).

The Raiders suffered greatly in the return game last season when Jacoby Ford was lost for the year with a Lisfranc sprain in the preseason. Ford said recently he is ready to go after recuperating from surgery.

Also, Bay Area News Group is reporting that rookie free agent fullback Jared McGriff-Culver, who played collegiately at Missouri, has been invited to try out for a roster spot at this weekend's rookie camp in Alameda.

The Raiders currently have 86 players on their 90-man offseason roster.