2. Chris Hubbard, Offensive Tackle
Another player who was given a large contract in 2018 was right tackle Chris Hubbard, who was given $37.5 million over five seasons. He wasn’t terrible in his first season with the Browns and Pro Football Focus (Subscriptions Required) graded Hubbard higher than any other tackle on the roster, but he still was just the 50th ranked player at his position.
Even with that being the case, there’s a chance Hubbard could be fighting for his starting job this season. Last year, the Browns signed Desmond Harrison out of West Georgia and he started eight games at left tackle. When Hue Jackson was fired, Harrison went to the bench and Greg Robinson took over that spot.
More from Browns News
- How the Browns could maximize Nick Chubb in 2023
- Can Deshaun Watson get to Patrick Mahomes level for Cleveland Browns?
- 3 Cleveland Browns who should see an expanded role in 2023 and 1 who should not
- Is Marcus Davenport on the Browns radar in 2023?
- 5 Free agents from Super Bowl LVII Cleveland Browns should target
Robinson and Hubbard had their issues, but they got the job done as they gave up just five sacks in the final half of the season. Still, neither is guaranteed much heading into this season.
For example, Robinson was only given a one-year deal in the offseason meaning he has to earn the right to start long-term. As for Hubbard, he was brought in specifically to play in Todd Haley’s offense, but he was also let go when Jackson was fired.
There’s a chance that Harrison could have made enough progress to win one of the starting jobs — possibly left tackle. Should that happen, Robinson could end up moving to the other side and forcing Hubbard out.
For more grades, advanced statistics and more at Pro Football Focus, subscribe
to PFF’s EDGE or ELITE subscriptions at ProFootballFocus.com.