Cribbs' situation continues to develop

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- The contract situation between receiver/return specialist Joshua Cribbs and the Cleveland Browns is going from bad to worse.

According to ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton, Cribbs has requested a trade. Browns coach Eric Mangini confirmed that Cribbs was at the team's facility Thursday and that the two had a conversation. But Cribbs was not present in Thursday's practice.

"These are voluntary camps, so it's not a mandatory situation," Mangini said. "Everybody has to make a decision whether to attend or not attend. But I can tell you that there is a ton of information going around."

Mangini did not go deeper into the contract dispute. But Cribbs' representatives said earlier this week that they were promised by the Browns that his six-year deal would be reworked. The Browns have disputed those claims.

It appears both sides could be at a stalemate until Cleveland's first mandatory session June 11-13. At that point the Browns could fine Cribbs for not attending the three-day session.