Updated Mar 19, 2013 -- 11:59am
By Will Burge
Speculation for the better part of a week has been that Josh Cribbs is not only on is way out of Cleveland, but that he is headed to the Arizona Cardinals. In fact, the Plain Dealer reporter on Sunday that Cribbs was headed to Arizona to take a physical and, “if all goes as Cribbs hopes, he’ll be a Cardinal by Monday the source said.”
ESPN Cleveland has learned from multiple sources that the delay in Cribbs signing is because he failed his physical with the Cardinals on Monday. It is unclear at this time what may have been the cause of the failed physical and if this will deter Arizona from signing the nine year NFL veteran.
Update: Mike Garafolo of USA Today has tweeted that Cribbs' agent JR Rickert said his client underwent surgery to repair meniscus after the season and it has not completely healed. He added that they expect for Arizona to give Cribbs another physical in a few weeks and possibly sign him then.
At the very least this is a bump in the road for one of the all-time great special team’s players in NFL history. Cribbs wanted to be a part of an offense wherever he signed and it looked as though the Cardinals with their new head coach Bruce Arians might be the perfect fit.
Cribbs has been in Arizona for the past two days and apparently crossed paths with ESPN Baseball insider Jim Bowden.
Bowden tweeted Monday night, “Josh Cribbs hangin with us.
@CityHall Mastro's meeting with AZ Cards mañana and deciding between. 49ers Giants & Cards.”
It seems as though Cribbs still has options on the open market but only time will tell if a failed physical will scare off prospective suitors.
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