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When Nick Chubb Speaks, I Listen

Browns running back Nick Chubb hardly speaks to the Cleveland media. He’ll do player availability during training camp and the regular season, but a press conference, no. So when he spoke on the next to last day of organized training activities, it was quite a shock. Most expected the usual no information player “speak.” It mostly was, but there where important statements, especially concerning his future as a Brown.

On his mental outlook after the injury according to Bleacher Report, “The team did a great job of being there for me,” Chubb told reporters Wednesday. “I was down mentally for a while. When you get hurt it’s one thing. When you get hurt again and you already know what you have to go through, the entire process, surgery, rehab, it’s a non-stop battle every day.
“So my team did a great job of being there for me and I was around the building for them. They did a great job, made the playoffs, had a great run.” These comments tell me, he’s very happy to be in Cleveland and playing for the Browns. Chubb has always been a team first kind of player. His contract restructure reflects that. According to Jeremy Fowler http://@JFowlerESPNOn Nick Chubb’s reworked deal, the #Browns reduced his salary cap hit from $15.85M to $6.275M, per source. Deal gives him the opportunity to earn up to $12.2M in 2024 based on performance levels he had achieved prior to injury.”  If you dig deeper into the deal, according to Over The Cap Chubb took a $9.9 million pay cut. There are incentives for him to earn more, but will he be able to reach those incentives?

Chubb had two surgeries on the same knee he hurt in 2015 while playing for Georgia. In September, he had surgery for medical capsule, meniscus and MCL. Then in November he had surgery on his ACL. In 2015 he suffered a torn PCL, LCL and MCL. For Chubb to reach the maximum of his contract incentives, he would have to play in all seventeen games. Because of the severity of the injury, this is highly unlikely. So why sign a contract with incentives most of which you won’t reach? Maybe Nick Chubb is giving the Browns a hometown discount? It sounds like he’s grateful for all the help they’ve given him through his most difficult time as an NFL player. Most expect him to not be ready for the season opener against the Cowboys. It’s expected he’ll start the season on the PUP list and be required to miss the first four games. If this happens, he’ll only be able to collect a small portion of his incentive money. It could be that’s what Nick Chubb wants.


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