According to the Dayton Daily News, the Miami Dolphins have reportedly shown interest in trading for special teams standout Josh Cribbs, who has spent each of his first five seasons in Cleveland.
Cribbs is a dynamic return man, both on kick returns and punt returns. He'd bring that much needed dynamic element to Miami's special teams units. He's electricfying with the ball in his hands and is a threat to score every time he touches the football.
Cribbs is a former Pro Bowl special teamer and is having a terrific start to his 2009 season. He's averaging 26.1 yards per kick return (which is 10th in the league among those with at least 5 returns) and 16.3 yards per punt return (which is 4th in the league). He's already taken one punt back for a touchdown this season and has taken 2 of his 16 punt returns for over 40 yards. For his career, he averages 26.3 yards per kick return and 11.7 yards per punt return. Want an impressive stat? Cribbs has gained 40+ yards on 10% of his total career kick returns.
He's also only 26 years old and is very versatile. He's listed as a receiver, though he only has 25 career receptions. But he could also be worked into the 'Wildcat' over time. He does have 46 career rushing attempts and his combination of speed and vision would make him a dangerous new cog in Miami's favorite formation.
But what would it take to get him? I'd imagine it would take a draft pick - a potentially high draft pick. How high would you be willing to go to get one of the NFL's most dynamic return men?
It's also important to note that while Cribbs has three years left on his current contract, he's been looking for a new deal out of Cleveland all offseason long. So it wouldn't only take a draft pick to get Cribbs to Miami. It might also take some money to help keep this special teams standout content.
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