At 31 years old, Chris Hubbard is no spring chicken and he’s going to have to fend off the younger, less banged-up offensive linemen to hold onto his spot. While a lot of guys on this list only have to compete with their immediate position players, Hubbard, who’s a tackle, has to compete with every offensive lineman. He’s the team’s de-facto sixth linemen. The guy who can play anywhere on the roster.
That’s his strength, his versatility. Due to that versatility, the Browns will look at a number of guys who can come in and take his spot if need be. His contract isn’t huge and he isn’t so old that he’s not viable, but it simply comes down to numbers.
Is Hubbard good enough to come in under the roster limit when there are younger, less expensive guys like Blake Hance, Michael Dunn, and Drew Forbes? Not to mention the Browns have second-year tackle James Hudson, and rookies Ben Petrula and Dawson Deaton. The Browns have a lot of good young players, and that could spell trouble for Hubbard. The team may only want to carry nine guys and if that’s the case, some really interesting moves will be made.