It appears that the Detroit Lions are in fact interested in free-agent wide receiver/return specialist Josh Cribbs. It was mentioned earlier this week that the Lions are a "potential destination" for Cribbs, and he is now set to visit the Lions, according to Jason La Canfora.
Cribbs has already had a pretty busy week when it comes to visits. He met with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, and he visited the New York Jets and New York Giants in the last couple days. Now, Cribbs is set to meet with the Lions as he tries to figure out where he will play in 2013.
If the Lions end up signing Cribbs, he will become their new returner. The Lions are in need of an upgrade on both the kick and punt return units after Stefan Logan struggled mightily in 2012. Cribbs is coming off of another trip to the Pro Bowl as a returner, so he clearly would be a big upgrade for the Lions. Last season with the Cleveland Browns, Cribbs averaged 27.4 yards per kick return and 12.0 yards per punt return. He has 8 career kick return touchdowns and 3 career punt return touchdowns.
As a wide receiver, Cribbs only caught 7 passes for 63 yards in 2012. A year earlier, however, Cribbs' numbers were much better. He had 41 receptions for 518 yards and 4 TD in 2011, showing that he could be used as a weapon in the passing game. He also could be a weapon on the ground, as Cribbs has rushed for 763 yards on 128 carries in his career.
It remains to be seen if the Lions will be able to land Cribbs, but if they are serious about upgrading their return units, adding him would make a lot of sense.