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UPDATE 4/25 12:30PM: We have gotten word that Cribbs intends to forego the opportunity with the Browns to attempt to play quarterback with the Washington Redskins. Cribbs had agreed on a deal with Cleveland to try to play at Wide Reciever, but apparently has decided to carve out a future at the position he prefers

The Cleveland Browns are collecting Mid-American Conference quarterbacks.

They already had Bowling Green's Josh Harris on the roster as a backup.

On Saturday, they added the University of Akron's Charlie Frye in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Now Kent State's Joshua Cribbs has been added to the mix.

Within an hour of the draft's conclusion, the Browns were on the phone with Cribbs, trying to convince the Golden Flashes' star quarterback to turn down offers from the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers and instead stay and instead sign an un-drafted free agent contract that would keep him close to his college home.

"I decided to sign with Cleveland," said Cribbs. "Some of my family thought it might be a good idea to go somewhere new and get a fresh start. But my agent said I got a lot offers, and he thought Cleveland would be the best place for me now."

Unlike Frye and Harris, Cribbs will not be competing for a job as a quarterback Friday when the Browns rookie minicamp opens in Berea.

"My focus right now is to make the team, and to do that I have to show them I can play wide receiver and help on special teams," said Cribbs.

The athletic 6-foot-1, 192-pound Cribbs has sub 4.5-speed, and should be able to make the transition to receiver at the pro level, but he would still like a chance to play quarterback.

"My agent is pushing to get me some snaps, and it would be great to battle with Josh (Harris) and Charlie (Frye)," said Cribbs. "We battled all through college. Now we are battling again for a (pro job). We are on the same team now, so I'm sure we'll all understand that this is all about competition and trying to make each other better."

Cribbs said he will come to minicamp with a chip on his shoulder that Frye and Harris donever had. Frye and Harris were drafted by NFL teams.

"I want to prove that I should have been drafted, too," said Cribbs. "I have a point to prove, and that's a huge motivator for me. It was a motivator for me coming out of high school when other schools didn't think I could play quarterback, and I ended up setting records at Kent State. Now I want to prove I deserve to play at the next level. I know I have to work at it, and I will do anything they ask me to do."

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