ALAMEDA – The Josh Cribbs experiment is over.
The Raiders terminated the popular return man on Sunday morning after a lackluster preseason that proved he’s lost a step.
As a vested veteran, Cribbs doesn’t have to clear waivers. He’s free to sign with any team.
It’s doubtful that teams will be clamoring for Cribbs’ services. The ninth-year vet had major knee surgery this offseason and wasn’t fully recovered when free agency started. Several teams passed, but the Raiders took a flyer in the hopes that he’d return to form that produced 11 return touchdowns.
The Raiders took it easy on Cribbs during camp. He wasn’t involved in offensive team drills and his reps were kept to a minimum. It didn't help Cribbs get back to previous form. A rough preseason, coach Dennis Allen decided to cut the cord.
"It was just one of those things where I didn’t see everything that I needed to see," Allen said. "Josh Cribbs has been a great player in the National Football League for a long time. We just felt like it was the right thing to do, if we didn’t see him in our plans, to go ahead and let him go."
He didn’t show well during the preseason and, on Friday, he buried himself. Although Jacoby Ford may have helped.
Cribbs bobbled his first kickoff return attempt and fumbled his second– although he recovered it – and Ford followed up with a 62-yard kickoff return.
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Allen didn’t see it Friday, and decided to cut the cord.
The Raiders also released linebacker Keenan Clayton, receiver Sam McGuffie, defensive back Cory Nelms, receiver Travionte Session, receiver Isaiah Williams, center Andrew Robiskie, defensive tackle Myles Wade, linebacker Eric Harper and fullback Jon Hoese.
Offensive lineman Alex Parsons also tweeted that his Raiders tenure was over, although the team wouldn’t confirm it. The Raiders would have to work out an injury settlement with him.
The Raiders must cut four more by Tuesday to reach the new 75-man roster limit.