In 2020, the Cleveland Browns boasted one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL. With Pro Bowler Nick Chubb leading that way and Kareem Hunt providing valuable touches in relief, Kevin Stefanski’s team dominated opposing defensive fronts.
But with Chubb’s rookie contract coming to an end after the upcoming 2021 season, the Browns backfield is in danger of being split up. The 2018 second-rounder signed a four-year deal once he arrived in Cleveland and will see that contract expire if he can’t re-up with the organization.
Chubb played in 12 games last year, after suffering an MCL injury early on in the campaign. In a slightly shortened season, he still finished seventh in the league in rushing yards (1,067), racked up 12 rushing touchdowns and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.
Because of Chubb’s strong showing when healthy, Hunt is ready to go to bat for his fellow running back.
“Pay that man. He’s a freak of nature,” Hunt said at his youth football camp on Thursday, via Zac Jackson of TheAthletic.com. “He’s like a brother to me … hope we can play together for a long time.”
Kareem Hunt at his youth football camp on Nick Chubb: “Pay that man. He’s a freak of nature. He’s like a brother to me … hope we can play together for a long time.”
— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) June 24, 2021
Last week, Chubb shared that he’s let his agent take the lead on negotiations for a new contract so far. He did make his own intentions clear: he wants to stay a member of the Browns.
“It would mean a lot,” Chubb said, via Pro Football Talk. “Cleveland drafted me however many years ago it was, trusted me and put their faith in me to help come build this culture, build this team and I’ve been a part of it. And I feel like yeah, Cleveland’s where I want to be. So I hope everything can work out in that direction.”
It would be shocking to see the Browns move on from the 25-year-old running back when he’s still in the prime of his career. In 44 career games, Chubb has amassed 3,557 rushing yards, 577 receiving yards and 30 total touchdowns in Cleveland, ranking as one of the best ballcarriers in the league during that span.