Nick Chubb epitomizes the tough, smart, accountable identity coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry want to define the Browns, so the franchise rewarded the two-time Pro Bowl running back accordingly.
Chubb and the Browns agreed Saturday to a three-year, $36.6 million contract extension, which includes $20 million guaranteed, a person familiar with the deal confirmed for the Beacon Journal. USA Today's Mike Jones first reported an agreement had been reached.
Before the fourth full-squad practice of training camp Saturday afternoon, Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam praised Chubb when asked about the 2018 second-round draft pick (35th overall) from the University of Georgia being on the verge of entering the final season of his rookie contract.
“Great player, even better person. I can’t say any more than that. There are very few people out there like Nick Chubb,” Jimmy Haslam said.
Added Dee Haslam, “Great team player.”
Asked whether Chubb's intangibles — he's known for having no off-field baggage and an incredible work ethic — would play into the organization's desire to keep Chubb, Jimmy Haslam said, “Absolutely. I think that would go not just for Nick, but a bunch of other players like that. We re-signed [All-Pro defensive end] Myles [Garrett last summer] because he’s a great player, but he’s also a really great person. Smart, tough accountable — that’s what we’re looking for. The rest is in Andrew’s court.”
Well, Berry checked off a major item on his to-do list by locking up Chubb through the 2024 season.
In September, running back Kareem Hunt signed a two-year, $13.25 million extension, so he is under contract with the Browns through the 2022 season. That means the dynamic Chubb-Hunt duo should be intact for at least two more seasons.
Now new deals for quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward are Berry's top priorities, with right guard Wyatt Teller and safety Ronnie Harrison also eligible for extensions.
Mayfield and Ward, though, are under contract through the 2022 season because Berry exercised the fifth-year options on their rookie deals in April. Both of them were drafted in the first round in 2018 — Mayfield first overall and Ward fourth overall in 2018.