6 Cleveland Browns who have played their final snap with franchise
By Randy Gurzi
With Week 18 in the books, it’s officially the offseason for the Cleveland Browns. As for these 6 players, they’re not likely to return in 2023.
The Cleveland Browns fell to 7-10 with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Now, they’re officially in offseason mode with a lot of questions to answer.
One of the major items on their “to-do” list will be figuring out what to do with upcoming free agents. Here, we look ahead to this portion of the offseason and identify six players who likely have played their final snaps for the Browns.
6 Cleveland Browns who have played their final snap with the franchise
6. Chris Hubbard, Offensive Lineman
During his five seasons in Cleveland, Chris Hubbard went from a frustrating free-agent addition to a trusted reserve and fan favorite. Following four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hubbard signed with the Browns in 2018 as he followed offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
He started all 16 games that season at right tackle and played well in the second half of the year — after Haley and head coach Hue Jackson were jettisoned. In 2019, Hubbard regressed, as did left tackle Greg Robinson. And everyone else.
It seemed to be a certainty that he would be gone in 2020 but instead, he agreed to a new contract as general manager Andrew Berry kept him around on an affordable deal. That allowed Hubbard to serve as the top backup on the offensive line and he spent the year playing guard. And playing very well.
Sadly, he finished the season on IR and was there again in 2021. This year, he’s appeared in a few games but is highly unlikely to come back since he’s no longer the top option and has dealt with injuries two years in a row. Hubbard proved to be a great addition after all and plans to keep playing, but that will surely happen elsewhere.