Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb and his contract situation has been the talk of the offseason in Ohio. Chubb is eligible for an extension for the first time in his career and is set to hit free agency next March.
Teammates more than believe that the star running back is worth a lucrative long-term deal.
“Pay that man. He’s a freak of nature,” fellow running back Kareem Hunt said, via The Athletic. “He’s like a brother to me. Hope we can play together for a long time.”
The question isn’t whether Nick Chubb should get paid. Rather, it’s all about what his value should be on an extension compared to other running backs in the NFL today.
A second-round pick out of Georgia back in 2018, the two-time Pro Bowler has performed at a high clip in each of his first three NFL seasons.
Nick Chubb stats
2018: 192 attempts, 996 yards, 5.2 average, 20 receptions, 149 yards, 10 touchdowns
2019: 298 attempts, 1,494 yards, 5.0 average, 36 receptions, 278 yards, eight touchdowns
2010: 190 attempts, 1,067 yards, 5.6 average, 26 receptions, 150 yards, 12 touchdowns
Chubb, 25, played all 16 games in each of his first two seasons before missing four games of the 2020 campaign to a an MCL injury in the knee. He’s proven to be durable at this stage of his career despite some injury issues in college. That should play a role in the running back’s market value.
NFL running back contracts and Nick Chubb
As we’ve seen over the past several years, the market for running backs has not been as robust as other positions. Teams tend to place a value on multiple backs rather than those of the three-down variety. To an extent, the Browns have that with Chubb and Hunt.
Should this play a role in the young back’s ability to cash in on a long-term contract? Perhaps. But he’s pretty much on par with other top-flight running backs who are also not seen as true three-down players outside of the likes of Derrick Henry. Here are the top-paid backs in the game and a look at how they might impact Nick Chubb and his potential extension.