Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb carries the ball-up field during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 17, 2021 in Kansas City. (AP photo / Charlie Riedel)
BEREA, Ohio (AP / WJW) Nick Chubb signed a three-year contract extension for $ 36.6 million with the on Monday Cleveland Browns, an indication of the team’s appreciation for its elite running back skills and calm, humble leadership.
The Browns made sure they locked him up early in training camp as they head into what they consider to be a special season. He had a year left on his rookie contract.
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The sides reached an agreement on Saturday, closing the deal with Chubb’s signature ahead of Monday’s practice session.
Only 25, the two-time pro bowler could stand up for another overtime at 28, and there’s no reason to believe he’s slowing down after three strong seasons.
Chubb has scored 3,557 yards and 28 touchdowns in his first three seasons. He won 1,067 yards in 2020 despite missing four games with a knee injury.
The Browns won Chubb at # 35 overall in 2018, and he’s part of a draft class that includes quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward. Chubb stormed 996 yards as a rookie and finished second in the 2019 NFL behind Derrick Henry of Tennessee with 1,494 yards.
Chubb has become a fan favorite in Cleveland. During home games, fans chant his name in the hope that coach Kevin Stefanski will call a running game for him every time the team approaches the goal line.
“It means a lot to me to stay in Cleveland and be a Brown,” said Chubb. according to a Browns press release. “It’s an honor to put on the orange helmet and represent the city of Cleveland and these great fans. I am happy that I can be here for many years to come. The Browns put their trust in me during the draft and I would like to thank everyone who believed in me and supported me. There is still a lot to do to become even better and become a better team. “
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However, Chubb can score from anywhere and has TD runs of 88 and 92 yards. He’s a solid receiver too, and his 40-yard scoring reception in last year’s wildcard game helped seal the Browns’ 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After Chubb’s extension is complete, the Browns may begin talks with Mayfield’s agents about an extension. The team exercised its option for the fifth year in April.
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