The Cincinnati Bengals could use a return specialist, with Brandon Tate entering Tuesday as an unrestricted free agent. Tate finished the season averaging 24.8 yards per return, which ranked 23rd in the NFL among those that returned at least 10 kickoffs.
Joshua Cribbs, anyone?
According to Mary Kay Cabot with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, there are five teams interested in special teams ace and wide receiver Joshua Cribbs, who is entering free agency as an unrestricted free agent. And none of them are the Cincinnati Bengals. The five teams that Mary Key Cabot references are the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.
The two-time Pro Bowler, who averaged 27.4 yards per kickoff return last year, has said that he won't sign with another AFC North team out of respect for Cleveland.
"Not necessarily [out of respect for] the Browns but respect for the fans," Cribbs told 92.3 The Fan last week. "The community, the fans, they speak more to me and motivate me more than an organization would.
"Out of respect for the community and the fans of this great city I don’t want to go in [division] at all."