The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting the San Francisco 49ers are one of five teams interested in signing free agent wide receiver/special teams returner Josh Cribbs. The four other teams are the New York Giants, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.
The 49ers did not re-sign Ted Ginn Jr. who served as the kickoff and punt returner the last three seasons. Much like Ginn, Cribbs is also a wide receiver who is good replacement option if a receiver gets injured. Last season, he averaged 27.4 yards per kick return with the Cleveland Browns.
Cribbs would be a good signing to replace Ginn in the return game, but the 49ers already have depth in that area. Last season LaMichael James averaged 29.8 yards per kick return and Kyle Williams averaged 27.2 yards per kick return.
It would be nice to have an explosive returner like Cribbs on the field for the 49ers. But James and Williams are more than capable enough of handling the return duties. Because of this, the money it would take to sign Cribbs to a contract is better used on another player.