Browns RB Kareem Hunt makes a strong statement on Nick Chubb
Chubb is entering the final year of his rookie contract and there has been talk of the Pro Bowl resuming overtime with the Browns before the start of the season. It’s not the easiest decision to pay a hefty sum of money, but Chubb has proven he’s worth every penny for the Browns.
“Pay this man. He’s a freak of nature. He’s like a brother to me, ”said Hunt, by Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I hope we can play together for a long time.”
Hunt signed an overtime with the Browns last offseason, keeping him with the team until at least 2022. This agreement was for two years and $ 13.25 million.
Spotrac believes Chubb market value at four years old and nearly $ 45.5 million, or just over $ 12.1 million per season. This would be in line with the contracts of Bengals RB Joe Mixon and two-time race leader Derrick Henry.
Chubb told the minicamp he believed his agent and the Browns had discussed an extension.
“I told my agent to take care of it for me until he needed me,” Chubb said.
Partnership hunt: “We’ll do the job”
The Browns could choose to expand the playbook next season and use more packages involving both Chubb and Hunt on the court together. Hunt also showed strong hands in the passing game which adds another wrinkle.
When asked about playing at the same time as Chubb, Hunt said they were going to make it work.
“Maybe,” Hunt said. “Whatever the coach [Kevin] Stefanski calls, Nick or I will make it work. So if it’s the two of us on the pitch at the same time, it’s the two of us on the pitch at the same time. We’re going to find a way to make it work and get the job done. This is just how we have to see it. It doesn’t matter if we’re on the pitch together or not, we’re going to find a way to get the job done.
Browns Offensive Coordinator Alex Van Pelt commented on this topic during the minicamp.
“You want to put your most talented players on the pitch, and Kareem certainly deserves some playing time with Nick in some packages,” said Van Pelt. “These are things that we looked at in the offseason and will continue to grow.”
Chubb and Hunt looking for history as 1,000-yard runners
Despite missing time from a knee injury last season, Chubb had 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games. Hunt – who led the league in rushing in 2017 as a rookie – notched 841 rushing yards and caught 51 balls for 304 yards.
The duo have a chance of becoming the first Browns to run for 1,000 yards in the same season since Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack in 1985.
“It’s very possible,” he said. “I thought it was possible last year too, but some things happened. We will learn from it and improve and hopefully continue to do a good job this year. “
Chubb and Hunt will get their first action of the season against Kansas City on September 12.
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