Jets Sign Former Browns Kick Returner Cribbs After Gates’ InjuryErik Matuszewski
The New York Jets signed former Cleveland Browns wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs, whose eight kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied for the most in National Football League history.
Cribbs, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who played with the Browns from 2005 through 2012. He underwent knee surgery during the offseason.
The Jets have been without receiver Santonio Holmes for the past two games because of foot and hamstring injuries and today placed wide receiver and kick returner Clyde Gates on season-ending injured reserve with an undisclosed shoulder injury. The Jets also said running back Mike Goodson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Gates had 12 receptions this season and was the Jets’ top kickoff returner, averaging 23.2 yards. Cribbs has averaged 25.9 yards on 387 career NFL kick returns and has totaled 11 touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns. He had a career-high 41 receptions for 518 yards and four scores with the Browns during the 2011 season.
The Jets also signed receiver Greg Salas, a fourth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2011 draft, to their active roster.