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Josh Cribbs says Jets' worries a 'negotiation tactic'

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03:32 PM ET 05.17 | After inking a one-year with the Oakland Raiders earlier this week, wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs spoke with the Oakland media about the recovery process after undergoing surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee after the 2012 season. In particular, Cribbs addressed comments made by New York Jets general manager John Idzik, where Idzik said Cribbs's knee "isn't quite there yet" after working out the former member of the Cleveland Browns. Cribbs, after stating that he'll be ready for football by the time the regular season rolls around in September, said this about Idzik's comments: "I don't know why the Jets GM would come out and say that other than use it as a negotiation tactic. It was well perceived and I think, as a whole, everyone kind of understood what was going on about that."

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May 17, 2013  04:18 PM ET

You're actually better off, Josh.

May 17, 2013  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You're actually better off, Josh.

Oh my, yes. Unbelievably better off. Oakland may be a bit of a freak show but nowhere near the three-ring circus they have in New York.

May 17, 2013  04:46 PM ET

It's starting to seem like only the Jets and Cowboys have made personnel moves lately. At least it is if you're reading T&R every day.

May 17, 2013  05:04 PM ET

Actually, word is John Idzik is going to double as the team doctor this year. The Jets want to keep their players off the IR and on the field. Woody Johnson thought it was a great idea.

May 17, 2013  05:15 PM ET

Hopefully he makes it back and does well, good decision to leave NY!

May 17, 2013  05:17 PM ET

The really special negotiating tactic is Cribbs convincing a team that he is not ready now to play, but sure, he will be 100% A OK come September. Kudos, Josh.

May 17, 2013  06:44 PM ET

Josh found the perfect crib in the NFL. Raiders will be interesting to watch, good or bad.

May 17, 2013  06:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You're actually better off, Josh.

And so are the Jets if Idzik is right... .....

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May 18, 2013  08:37 AM ET

In 16 games last year the guy caught all of 7 passes. He never was a WR. He is a KR and PR guy only, with 8 tough years on his body coming off injuries. Who the heck wants him unless it is cheap and for one year only?

May 18, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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In 16 games last year the guy caught all of 7 passes. He never was a WR. He is a KR and PR guy only, with 8 tough years on his body coming off injuries. Who the heck wants him unless it is cheap and for one year only?

People rarely talk about his gunner ability. The guy not only returns but also make tons of tackles.

May 18, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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the raiders haven't been over .500 in a decade.I disagree with your assessment.the last 2 years have been bad here, but the raiders have been abysmal for a hell of a lot longer

And I disagree with your assessment under the premise that when players sign a contract, they don't play in the past, the play in the present and the near future.

How the Oakland Raiders performed for the majority of the last decade is completely irrelevant. As recent as 2011 Al Davis was still the owner and GM of the Oakland Raiders. How does that help predict their future with owner Mark Davis and GM Reggie McKenzie? It doesn't.

The Oakland Raiders are on the incline & the New York Jets are on the decline. That's pretty much all that anyone needs to know when deciding between the two teams.

May 18, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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And I disagree with your assessment under the premise that when players sign a contract, they don't play in the past, the play in the present and the near future.How the Oakland Raiders performed for the majority of the last decade is completely irrelevant. As recent as 2011 Al Davis was still the owner and GM of the Oakland Raiders. How does that help predict their future with owner Mark Davis and GM Reggie McKenzie? It doesn't.The Oakland Raiders are on the incline & the New York Jets are on the decline. That's pretty much all that anyone needs to know when deciding between the two teams.

+1

May 18, 2013  03:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You're actually better off, Josh.

Yep, definitely dodged a bullet on that one. Who would have thought 2-3 years ago that Oakland would be the more stable organization?

 
May 19, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Yep, definitely dodged a bullet on that one. Who would have thought 2-3 years ago that Oakland would be the more stable organization?

No one!

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