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Nick Chubb commits to Cleveland Browns with three-year extension

Running back Nick Chubb has been rewarded by the Cleveland Browns for a stellar start to his NFL career, signing a new, three-year deal.

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Browns sign 'soul of our team' Nick Chubb to three-year extension

The Cleveland Browns have officially announced running back Nick Chubb's contract extension, a move that sees them lock down a player who has quickly established himself as one of the best at his position. Chubb's three-year extension with the Browns was initially reported on Sunday. It is said to be a deal worth $36million, of which $20m is guaranteed.

It is just reward for Chubb's incredible start to his NFL career, which has seen him rack up the third-most rushing yards in the league since being drafted in 2018. He has 3,557 yards in his career, a tally bettered by only Derrick Henry (4,620) and Ezekiel Elliott (3,770), as well as 28 rushing touchdowns in that time. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (6.03) is the only player to have posted a better rushing average than Chubb's 5.23 yards per carry across the last three seasons.

A key reason for Chubb's success has been his ability to stay on his feet through tackle attempts. He has finished in the top five in broken tackles in each of his three NFL seasons and was tied for first with Dalvin Cook last season with 14. Chubb was third in yards after contact per rushing attempt in both 2019 (2.37) and 2020 (2.59) and Browns executive vice president of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry is excited at the prospect of him leading Cleveland's backfield in the coming seasons.

Berry delighted with new Chubb deal

"From the day Nick Chubb first entered our facilities, it was clear to see that he would become a pillar of our organisation," said Berry. "Although Nick may be a man of few words whose strong-and-silent demeanour 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."