Cleveland Browns Underrated Move No. 3 – Re-signing of Chris Hubbard
I know a lot of people don’t always dig into the backup offensive lineman of a roster, but the re-signing of Chris Hubbard was a huge move this offseason. With a cap hit of only $1.3 million in 2022, he has the flexibility to play every position on the line if needed.
It wasn’t long ago when Hubbard was the starting right tackle for the Browns. I’ll be honest, I hated what he gave at that time. He was a very average starting right tackle in the NFL but is perhaps one of the best sixth men you could possibly have on your team.
With such a severe injury to Jack Conklin, last season and moving on from J.C. Tretter because of the contract economics, having a guy like Hubbard is extremely important. There’s a chance that James Hudson would get the nod before him if a tackle went down, but we can’t forget how much he struggled at times as a rookie when forced into action.
The only downside to Hubbard is the last two seasons have ended with injuries for him. It felt like he was just getting comfortable and starting to play well, and then the injury bug would catch up to him. Truthfully, I hope he doesn’t play a snap in 2022. That means that the starters stay healthy, and the Browns didn’t need him.
However, we know that injuries always happen, and having him as a backup could prove to be a huge advantage for the Browns.