The Cleveland Browns made it official on Monday by announcing that they have agreed to a contract extension with running back Nick Chubb.
The deal is reportedly for three years and $36.6 million, with $20 million in guaranteed money. His average salary of $12.2 million per year makes him the sixth highest-paid running back in the league, according to spotrac.com.
General manager Andrew Berry called Chubb a “pillar of the organization” in a news release on the team’s website:
“From the day Nick Chubb first entered our facilities, it was clear to see that he would become a pillar of our organization. Although Nick may be a man of few words whose strong-and-silent demeanor can be easy to overlook from the outside, his actions over the past three years have reverberated within the walls of our building. Nick’s on-field contributions stand for themselves. He is a dynamic runner who is on pace to be one of the most accomplished players to ever don an orange helmet at the position. But it’s his work ethic, intelligence, toughness and selflessness that makes us proud that he represents our city. Quite plainly, Nick embodies the soul of our team and we are thrilled that he will be a Cleveland Brown for years to come.”
A second-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Georgia, Chubb has earned two trips to the Pro Bowl while rushing for 3,557 yards and 28 touchdowns in three seasons. His 1,494 rushing yards in 2019 were the most in franchise history for a running back not named Jim Brown, and his 12 rushing touchdowns last season have only been exceeded by Brown and Leroy Kelly in franchise history.
According to the team’s website, Chubb’s average of 5.23 yards per carry is tops among running backs with a minimum of 300 carries in the past three seasons. He also leads the league during that time with 34 runs of more than 20 yards, is second with 17 100-yard rushing games, tied for second with 101 runs of more than 10 yards, tied for second with seven runs of more than 50 yards, is third in rushing yards and sixth with 28 rushing touchdowns.
Perhaps most importantly, when Chubb rushes for more than 100 yards the Browns are 13-4.
“It means a lot to me to be able to stay in Cleveland and be a Brown. It’s an honor to put on the orange helmet and represent the city of Cleveland and these great fans. I’m happy that I will be able to be here for many more years. The Browns put their faith in me during the draft and I want to say thank you to everyone who believed in me and who has supported me. There is still a lot of work to do to continue to get better and become a better team.”
Chubb is currently seventh on the franchise’s all-time list in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. If he keeps up his current pace, Chubb will be second in rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns at the end of his contract extension.