Cleveland Browns may already be working to extend Nick Chubb
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb is entering the final year on his rookie contract but he believes his agent and the team are already working on an extension
Not every pick made by the Cleveland Browns was a home run but there were several that were knocked out of the park by John Dorsey. One of those was Nick Chubb, the Georgia running back who was taken at No. 35 overall.
Chubb joined the Browns and instantly endeared himself to the fans with his hard work, no-nonsense approach to the game. He simply showed up and did his job — and did it incredibly well.
And if fans had their way, he would continue to do that job for many more years — which very well could happen. While speaking to reporters on Tuesday during the team’s mandatory minicamp, Chubb said he believes his agent is already talking with the team about extending his contract as he enters the final season on his rookie deal.
Chubb comes into the 2021 season on the heels of a second straight 1,000-yard campaign. He went for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns last year despite missing four games and had 1,494 yards and eight touchdowns in his second season.
It would have been three years in a row as he topped the four-digit milestone in Week 17 of his rookie season before losing a couple of yards on his final two carries against Baltimore. He finished that rookie campaign with a respectable 996 yards and now has 3,557 total rushing yards in his career.
What makes Chubb so special is his mix of vision, speed, and power. He sees the hole better than most running backs and can hit it with no problem. He also rarely goes down on the first hit as his 227-pound frame gives defenders problems.
On top of all that, he has amazing breakaway speed. As a rookie, he went for a 92-yard touchdown against Atlanta which was the longest in team history. He also has a couple of runs that went for more than 80-yards, including an 88-yarder in 2019.
Teams are often hesitant to pay running backs since they do tend to wear down quickly but Chubb is an elite player and it would be hard to even consider letting him walk. The good news is, general manager Andrew Berry is incredibly creative and Chubb doesn’t seem to be the type of player who wouldn’t be open to a contract with heavy incentives that allows him to make a lot of money without forcing the team into a bad spot.
In the end, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see the two sides work something out that makes everyone happy and keeps No. 24 in Cleveland for a long time.