Josh Cribbs, one of the most dangerous return men in NFL history and more than a capable receiver, has signed with the Raiders, according to Pro Football Talk.
The Raiders have yet to announce any signing, but Cribbs took to Twitter and said he was coming west, however:
I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself yet again! Fresh start, New team, New chip on (cont) tl.gd/lqo21n— Josh Cribbs (@JoshCribbs16) May 15, 2013
Cribbs, 29, and returning from offseason arthroscopic surgery on a knee to repair a torn meniscus, visited the Raiders last week before being hosted by the New York Jets and Giants. Apparently, he liked what he saw in Alameda. And vice-versa.
An undrafted free agent signed by Cleveland out of Kent State in 2005, Cribbs has returned an NFL record-tying eight kickoffs for touchdowns, though he has not done it since 2009. He also has three punts returned for scores, the most recent coming in 2011.
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) in his career.
His addition would seemingly be to add competition for the returning Jacoby Ford, who has yet to play a regular season game for the new regime and was lost for the 2012 season with a Lisfranc injury in the preseason.
Plus, the Raiders need a veteran-type at receiver. A Cribbs signing would put the Raiders at 90 players for their 90-man offseason roster.
A day earlier, ESPN reported the Raiders had offered a contract to former defensive back Charles Woodson, who was visiting the Denver Broncos.