Chubb signs $7.4M deal with Browns
Browns No. 35 overall pick Nick Chubb, who will share the running back load with Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson this season, has signed his four-year rookie deal worth $7,432,092.
It includes a signing bonus of about $3,485,158, according to projections by spotrac.com.
That leaves only the two firstround picks unsigned: No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield and No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward.
Coach Hue Jackson is eager to jumpstart the running game this season with his trio of versatile backs.
“I see an AFC North back is what I see,’’ Jackson said on draft weekend. “I see a guy that is very physical, very tough. He can create runs on his own. Obviously, he had a really good career at Georgia, the No. 2 rusher in all of the SEC in his time there. This is a guy that if we are going to run the football the way that we plan on running it, you have got to have good backs. With him and Carlos and (RB) Duke, we feel like we have some guys that we can do that with.”
Browns Vice President of Player Personnel Alonzo Highsmith, a former NFL running back, sees a throwback runner in Chubb.
“I’ve been a big fan of Chubb for a long time,’’ he said. “One thing about SEC running backs is when you play running back in the SEC, you have to be able to create between the tackles with your feet. You have to be able to play a physical style of football.
“Nick Chubb exemplifies that in his running style. Not only i s he a great f ootball player, a tremendous person, a tremendous individual and a tremendous leader. He exemplifies what we are trying to build in Cleveland. We want real guys. We want guys that like football.’’
Nick Chubb sat with the press in Cleveland in recent days. He signed a $7.4 million contract with the Browns to play in the NFL after being drafted at No. 33.