Cribbs hopeful for contract compromise

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns receiver and return specialist Joshua Cribbs said after Wednesday's voluntary team workout that his contract issues have not been resolved, but he's happy to be back on the football field.

Speaking for the first time since his contract dispute went public, Cribbs said it was more important to be with his teammates as they learn a different system under new coach Eric Mangini.

"I'm here to play football, and however way it works itself out I'm going to be on this football team," Cribbs said. "Hopefully everything works out in both of our favors, and we can make a compromise with myself and the team."

Cribbs did some work Wednesday at receiver and returning kicks, adding there are plans in place to use him on defense. He confirmed the assurances made by the Browns' former regime to rework his contract, but said he's not going to hold it over the head of Mangini and first-year general manager George Kokinis.

Cribbs did not clarify whether Browns owner Randy Lerner was part of the agreement, which according to various reports, has been a major point of contention.

"To my understanding it was the old regime, and I'm not the type of person to throw anyone under the bus," Cribbs said. "I have nothing but respect for them. About that issue, it was a lot of 'he said, she said.' The old regime had made promises to me as everyone knows, and I just felt funny about it. But now I'm back in camp. As you see, everything is better."

Cribbs has four years remaining on a six-year, $6.7 million contract. He is hopeful something will get done but didn't state whether he would play out the season or request a trade if there was no progress.

"I can't tell the future," Cribbs said.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.