Browns Insider Drops Key Reason for Nick Chubb Move

The Browns have restructured Nick Chubb's contract.

Getty Images The Browns have restructured Nick Chubb's contract.

The Cleveland Browns have reached a restructured agreement with running back Nick Chubb, which was a win-win for both the team and the player.

The new deal lowers Chubb’s base salary for 2024 by around $4 million to $11.75 million. It saves the Browns some cap space and Chubb will be able to earn the money back through incentives.

The move secured Chubb’s spot on the roster despite some uncertainty about when he could return to the field. Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot of said reaching an amicable solution with Chubb was the only path forward for the franchise.

“We know when we look out there how many Nick Chubb jerseys there are. We know how the fans feel about him. So this was important for reasons other than money,” Cabot said on the Orange and Browns Talk podcast. “Although it sounds like a lot to many people to most people, it really is a small price to pay to make sure that there is goodwill with Nick Chubb. This could not have ended badly it just could not have. So now he does have a chance to make up that money. And if he’s healthy, he’ll make it. If he’s not healthy, then he doesn’t make it. You know, that’s just business.”

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Chubb suffered a catastrophic knee injury in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had both his ACL and MCL repaired during two separate surgeries, the latest of which came in November.

“Honestly, it is probably too early to really understand what he’s going to look like,” Browns GM Andrew Berry said at the league meetings, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “He’s doing truly doing a fantastic job with the rehab and he should start to load run probably sometime this upcoming month.”

Berry has made it clear that keeping Chubb around was a priority for the this offseason. He’s been very complimentary of the work Chubb has put in to get back on the field as soon as possible.

“I think that as we think about it, until we see him in the next couple months, I think the next — call it three — months will be pretty telling in terms of his potential readiness for early in the season,” Berry said. “We are going to be conservative in terms of our approach in our assessment with building the roster because he is coming off of a major knee injury. But I do have to give him a lot of credit. He’s done a really, really nice job.”

Browns Added Depth to RB Room Accounting for Chubb Injury

The Browns added some key names to the running back room. It builds depth around Jerome Ford and Pierre Strong Jr. Cleveland added Nyheim Hines and D’Onta Foreman, who will contribute in different ways.

Hines is expected to contribute in the return game. He’ll also be a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL. However, he is eager to show that he can contribute to the offense.

“I can get my nose dirty, too, but I’m looking to complement them in the passing game,” Hines said on a recent appearance on the Up & Adams Show. “I can run the ball well, but we all know I’m known for my receiving ability. So I’ll make sure I go out there on third down, pick up the blitz when they’re not in.”

Foreman is expected to fill a role similar to what Kareem Hunt has held the last few years. He’ll be able to pick up short-yardage situations and help carry some of the load on the ground.

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