Report: Raiders Sign WR/KR Joshua Cribbs

Jason Miller

The Raiders have signed wide receiver and return man extraordinaire Joshua Cribbs according to Jason La Canfora. Cribbs had visited the Raiders earlier this off-season but had continued visiting other teams before deciding the Raiders were the right fit for him.

Josh Cribbs had spent his entire career previously far from the West Coast in the City of Cleveland as a member of the Browns organization. He leaves the Browns with several of their team records and also a couple of NFL records too.

NFL records

Most career Kickoff Return Touchdowns: 8 (tied with Leon Washington)

Two kickoff return touchdowns of 100 yards or more in a single game (tied with Ted Ginn Jr.)

Most kickoff return touchdowns in a single game: 2 (tied with 9 others)

Browns franchise records

Most career Kickoff return yards (8,837)

Most career combined Kickoff and Punt return yards (10,534)

Most career All-purpose yards (12,343) Most kickoff return yards in a single season: 1,809 (2007)

Most kickoff return touchdowns in a single season: 3 (2009)

Most All-purpose yards in a single season: 2,510 (2009)

Most career combined Kickoff and Punt return touchdowns (11)

Though many Raiders fans were hoping to hear the news that the Raiders had signed Charles Woodson today they will have to settle with the news that instead they signed one of the NFL's best return men of all time. It is not such a bad consolation prize.

The signing of Cribbs is another sign that the Raiders are doing what they can to bolster their not so impressive Special Teams units from last year. Improving the special teams play for the Raiders has already been spoken of several times as a priority by head coach Dennis Allen and also has been stated as one of the main reasons that Oakland had added so many linebackers to the roster as well. It is definitely a part of the game that the Raiders badly need to see improvement on.

The Detroit Lions were the chief competitor for the services of Joshua Cribbs but he decided to sign with the Raiders instead. Welcome to Raider Nation Mr. Cribbs, hopefully you can help the team greatly with their terrible starting positions that they have dealt with in recent times. The combination of Jacoby Ford and Joshua Cribbs certainly has the promise of a more than adequate return team.

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