Nick Chubb – Running Back
Boy, 2018 was a good draft for the Browns. Mayfield, Ward, and the great Nick Chubb were all found by John Dorsey. Not only is he great, but there is also hard to find a more likable guy on the Browns roster than Chubb.
The only issue with wanting to sign Chubb to a long-term deal is the position he plays. Running backs take a beating every single play, and it has been proven they can’t carry a team to the playoffs like they used to. Chubb is arguably the best back in the league and the Browns were only able to win six games last year.
Chubb finished second in rushing in the NFL last year with 1,494 yards and eight touchdowns. Keep in mind, far too often the Browns were behind in games and couldn’t even hand him the ball. Chubb has a tremendous knack of never letting the first guy tackle him and always falls forward. Even a run that feels like nothing turns into three or four yards.
The biggest thing Chubb brings to the team is no drama, and that can’t be overlooked in a league full of divas. Chubb shows up, does his job with a smile, and does it all over again the next day.
With massive running back deals getting done the last three seasons, it may be harder and harder to justify keeping Chubb past his rookie deal. Derrick Henry just signed a four-year, $50 million deal with over $25 million in guarantees.
As good as Chubb is, you must take the emotion out of the decision and ask yourself if a running back is worth that kind of money. Especially when there is a 50/50 chance of drafting another solid running back in the third or fourth round of the next draft to get you by.
If Chubb continues to ball out and wants to stay with the Browns, maybe it is possible to get two or three extra years out of him in Cleveland. Just remember names like Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson and Todd Gurley, who all got paid the big bucks and have since done very little. Chubb will get his money somewhere, but with other young talents on the Browns roster to re-sign, Chubb’s money will likely not come from Cleveland.