As Free Agency nears, the Dallas Cowboys, amongst other teams, have shown some interest in Pro Bowl Wide Receiver/Special Teams Specialist Josh Cribbs.
After spending eight consecutive seasons as a member of the Cleveland Browns, it looks like the Browns are ready to go in a different direction. The Cowboys, Giants, 49ers, Patriots, and Cardinals are amongst the teams that have shown interest in the Pro Bowler so far.
Josh Cribbs averages under 200 yards receiving a year, but he makes his name known via special teams. He had 8 Kickoff return touchdowns since his career began in 2005. The Dallas Cowboys as a team have had 1 Return touchdown in that timespan.
Cribbs would come to the Cowboys most likely to fulfill the 3rd receiver/slot receiver role, a role that needs to be filled with Kevin Ogletree becoming a Free Agent. Dwayne Harris, and Cole Beasley emerged as possible successors to Kevin Ogletree, and had Danny Coale, the 5th Round Pick in the 2012 draft, had been healthy he may have made a case as well. These players may all be put in a tryout for the 3rd receiver role.
Cribbs would come to the Cowboys mostly for Kickoff Returns. Dwayne Harris has shown promise as a Punt Returner, and slot receiver. The Kickoff Return has been an area that the Cowboys have struggled with for years. They may not need return touchdowns, but even good field position will help.
It seems over the past year, that Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones, and the Cowboys have made a strong push for better Special Teams. Much of the signings during the 2012 season came with their mind on Special Teams, even though they were ravaged by injury. Josh Cribbs has been an elite Special Teams player since he came into the league.
If it were up to me, I would spend the money elsewhere, and see what Harris, Beasley, Coale, and other have, with regards to Wide Receiver. With regards to Special Teams, I still think we could let Harris show us what he's got, with Dunbar helping. There are better places to spend the money this off-season, with the cap space being an issue.