Chubb signs $7.4M deal with Browns

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Mary Kay Cabot Cleve­land.com

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.’’

/ Con­trib­uted

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.

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