Hunt wants Browns to extend Chubb: 'Pay that man'
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb is in line for a big contract extension, and backfield partner Kareem Hunt is rooting for a deal to be completed quickly.
"Man, please pay that man," Hunt said Thursday at his youth football camp, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. "He's a freak of nature. He's a brother to me, and I love what he does on and off the field - just a great person and teammate."
Chubb is entering the final year of his rookie contract and recently said he wants to stay in Cleveland long term.
The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the NFL's top running backs in three campaigns in Cleveland. He finished second in rushing two years ago with 1,494 yards and racked up 1,067 yards last season despite missing four games with an injury.
Meanwhile, Hunt is signed through 2022 after inking a two-year, $13.25-million extension in September. The former Kansas City Chiefs standout had 841 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns last season, his second in Cleveland.
The duo of Chubb and Hunt will be key to the Browns' chances of making their first back-to-back playoff appearance since 1988-89. The AFC North club ended an 18-year postseason drought last season.
Though Chubb and Hunt are widely considered one of the most talented running back tandems in the NFL, they've rarely seen the field at the same time. That could change this year, according to Hunt.
"Possibly, whatever coach (Kevin) Stefanski calls, either Nick or I are going to make it work," Hunt said. "So if that's both of us on the field at the same time, that's both of us on the field at the same time.
"We're going to find a way to make it work and get the job done. That's just how we've got to look at it. It doesn't matter if we're on the field or not together, we're going to find a way to get the job done."