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Nick Chubb is notoriously a man of few words.
But when it comes to the three-year, $36.6 million contract extension he signed with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, the two-time Pro Bowl running back had plenty to say -- at least by his standards.
“It means everything. I love it here in Cleveland. I love this team. I love the coaches. I love the position that I'm in. I can't ask for anything better than that,” Chubb said prior to the Browns' training camp practice on Monday afternoon. “I can't ask for anything better than where I'm at. Cleveland's where I want to be and I'm happy to be able to get that done so I can be here for even more years."
The 25-year-old Chubb's extension comes on the heels of a 2020 campaign in which he rushed for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 regular-season games while helping lead Cleveland to its first postseason appearance since 2002 and first playoff victory since 1994. Since being selected by the Browns out of Georgia in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Chubb has established himself as one of the best running backs in all of football, earning Pro Bowl selections in each of the past two seasons.
Yet despite his status as arguably Cleveland's top offensive player, many questioned whether the Browns' analytically driven front office would be willing to sign a running back to a big-money extension, especially with Kareem Hunt under contract through 2022. But in signing Chubb to a relatively shorter deal, Cleveland managed to maintain its flexibility for the future while also rewarding one of its best players in the present.
"I'm relieved. It's behind us now. Just come out here and practice," Chubb said. "I know all that's been taken care of and been handled. I'm very happy so now I can just come out here and focus on getting better every day."