According to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Giants are one four teams still in the mix to sign free agent KR Josh Cribbs:
His potential next destination has been limited to four suitors, barring an unexpected development. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cribbs, an eight-year veteran, will sign with the Raiders, Giants, Jets, or Lions.
Cribbs visited the Raiders, Giants, and Jets last week. He has arrived on Monday in Detroit.
An eight-year veteran, Cribbs is more of an asset in the return game than as a receiving option.
The Giants used David Wilson and Reuben Randle as kick and punt returners last season, but both second-year players are expected to inherit larger roles in the team’s offense this year. Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn told reporters on Saturday that he felt Wilson could handle both duties, but the team may not wish to expose Wilson to possible injury unnecessarily on special teams.
The team also lost return man Domenik Hixon this off-season. Hixon signed a one-year contract with Carolina.
The PR spot is still open as well. Cribbs is not known for his PR prowess, but it looks as if the Giants are going to sign a return specialist, they must be open to handling punts as well as kickoffs.
Quinn was asked if returning CB Aaron Ross was a potential at PR:
“I’m sure he will be in the mix. We do have to identify someone if they can be a punt returner that can make a difference because that’s something that’s been lagging the last couple of years. In ‘08 and ‘09 we were pretty happy with it. The last couple of years it wasn’t anywhere near where it needs to be, so we’ve got to find someone to step up and take that role.”
At the start of the off-season, Cribbs nearly signed with the Cardinals. A failed physical, however, stalled talks and caused concerns about the receiver’s knee.
Cribbs passed a physical when visiting with Oakland, the only team is officially offer him a contract. Reports indicate the Jets discussed parameters of a deal, and the Giants reportedly did not make the receiver an offer.