The Cleveland Browns shouldn’t but may ultimately end up deciding to trade Nick Chubb.
It seems like a bad dream to even consider trading away Nick Chubb, but here we are, talking about it. The team’s best running back since Jim Brown, Chubb has been not only the core of the offense since the firing of Hue Jackson but the face of the franchise as well. He’s the epitome of professionalism and is someone who everyone roots for.
And his time in Cleveland may very well end at some point this offseason. Now, it’s not a question of if Chubb is still good. He is. Maybe the best in the league. No, there are a litany of things that have come up over the last few weeks that have put Chubb’s future with the team in doubt.
A future that will see dramatic changes no matter what. His backfield mate, Kareem Hunt? Gone. Well, all but gone. Never say never when it comes to pro sports but Hunt is likely to never come back. The same can be said for Jadeveon Clowney, the defensive end version of Hunt to fellow defensive end, Myles Garrett.
Clowney, like Hunt, is extremely unlikely to return to the team in 2023 due to salary issues. The team’s salary cap is shrinking space and the team has to make some dramatic moves to not only be able to go into the 2023 season but be efficient in 2023 and beyond.
Pushing owed money down the line doesn’t make it go away, the only way you can get away from that owed money is to move it off the books entirely in the form of a trade. Not many players can be moved without some form of cap-hit.
So because of that, Chubb becomes a very realistic name to be moved, but that’s not the only reason why Chubb could be gone in 2023.