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Josh Cribbs liked visit with Lions, but signs with Raiders

Posted May 15, 2013

After a free agent visit with the Detroit Lions earlier in the week, Cribbs decides to sign with the Oakland Rainders

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Free agent kick returner/receiver Josh Cribbs said Monday he wanted to be the missing piece that allows his next team to take the next step.

The dynamic return man visited the Raiders, Jets, Giants and Lions over the last two weeks, but settled on the Raiders Wednesday, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.

After his visit Monday he told detroitlions.com he was going to take a couple days before he made a decision on which team to sign with, but did say Detroit was "high" on his list.

"I'm looking to not really bounce around," he said "I want a team that's stable and a team that's on the verge and missing a piece to become a Super Bowl-caliber team. I want to be with the a team that's missing (a kick returner); that's missing a piece of the puzzle to be great."

The Lions could have used Cribbs’ services after having one of the NFL's worst return units last year. The Lions ranked 31st in the league in kick return average and 22nd on punt returns.

The Lions do have plenty of internal candidates to fill return duties, though. Darius Slay, Corey Fuller, Patrick Edwards, Joique Bell, Ryan Broyles, Mike Thomas and Steven Miller, along with others, could serve in a return role.

"We have guys on our team that can do it," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Sunday. "It's one of the reasons we drafted Ryan Broyles. We haven't been able to (use him there) because of his injuries, but he was very good at it in college. He was a four-year producer as a punt returner.

"So whether a guy wins the job strictly as a return specialist or whether we compartmentalize it and have one guy as a kick returner, one guy as a punt returner, we have a lot of other guys that can do it."