Browns' Cribbs says team has promised a new deal

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Josh Cribbs says the Cleveland Browns have told him they want to have a new contract in place by the end of the season.

Cribbs wouldn't say who specifically, only that "the team" told him over the bye week they wanted to get something done this year. Cleveland was off the weekend of Nov. 8.

Cribbs has three years left on his existing deal, but believes he merits a raise now. By far the most dynamic player on the Browns roster, Cribbs has blossomed into an integral part of the offense after building a reputation as a special teams star his first four years in the NFL.

Browns coach Eric Mangini did not offer a timeline to complete Cribbs' new deal. Negotiations could get slowed by the Browns' search for a new head of football operations.

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