Wow, today is filled with all kind of news in the National Football league; we have to retirements–one because of bad knees and I’m still scratching my head on the other, and a signing.
*WR/PR Josh Cribbs is a new resident of the BLACK HOLE – The Oakland Raiders signed free agent kick returner specialist Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract. Cribbs’ agent, John Rickert, confirmed the deal when reached by phone Wednesday. Rickert said Cribbs drew interests from several teams but felt the Raiders were the right fit after a visit to the team’s headquarters last Monday. Cribbs was on the verge of signing a deal with Arizona Cardinals early in the free-agent period and also had lukewarm interest from the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, but the Cardinals and Jets were openly concerned about the health of his knees. The 29-year-old Cribbs was not fully recovered from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
— JR Rickert (@JRRickert) May 15, 2013
Cribbs, had been with the Cleveland Browns since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2005. He averaged 27.4 yards on kick returns and 12 yards per punt return last season but did not have a touchdown. He also had seven receptions for 63 yards. Cribbs’ eight kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied with Leon Washington for the most in NFL history.
*Father Time has forced David Garrard into retirement – The New York Jets’ “Battle of the QBs ” have one less quarterback in their open competition. The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that 35-year old veteran quarterback David Garrard, who hadn’t played in a regular-season game in the NFL since 2010 because of injuries, plans to retire because of lingering knee issues.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Garrard had officially announced the decision.
NFL Network first reported that Garrard planned to retire. SiriusXM Radio host Adam Schein said that Garrard told him in a text that he had to ”call it quits because my knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do.”
The former Jacksonville Jaguars star was cut by the Miami Dolphins last summer after he needed arthroscopic surgery on his ailing left knee. Garrard was expected to be in the mix to compete for the Jets’ starting job along with Mark Sanchez and second-round pick Geno Smith. New York also has Greg McElroy and Matt Simms on the roster.
*Baltimore Ravens 23-year old LB Rolando McClain is RETIRING because……
On Wednesday, one of the more bizarre careers in NFL history ended, at least for now, with McClain informing the Ravens’ GM Ozzie Newsome that he’s done.
“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Newsome said in a release from the Ravens.
Earlier this year, McClain spoke with the Madison (Ala.) Weekly News about his career, indicating that he was training for the upcoming season. At the same time, McClain talked about having changed his life, particularly after marrying college girlfriend Capri Knox in January.
“When you come into some money, some people think you owe them and they want some of your money, but I tried to always stay true to who I am,” said McClain, who grew up in Decatur, Ala., and talked about having to separate himself from his old community.
“My wife has completely changed me. She’s made me mellow, softer. I am who I am. I’ll have to change my surroundings. I love my friends and my city and I won’t turn my back on them. I just need to make better decisions in my life. I won’t be making as many visits to Decatur.”
In 2010, McClain was supposed to be the next Ray Lewis. A little more than three years later, he quit before ever taking the field for Lewis’ former team. Oakland took the Alabama product at No. 8 overall and handed him a five-year, $40 million contract, $23 million guaranteed.
Fact is, McClain defines that lost generation for the Raiders, making more news off the field (he has been arrested by Alabama police three times and suspended by the Raiders once) than on it (244 tackles, 6 ½ sacks, one interception and little team success).
It is still a head-scratcher to think anyone calling it a career at 23.
“He has no desire to play, none whatsoever,” a source close to McClain said. “When he told me, I was sort of caught off guard and sort of not. You stop for a second and say wait…how could you quit?‘ But then you think again and say, ‘He didn’t like doing it.’ “