Dec 17, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Browns RB Nick Chubb practices, will play Saturday

Browns running back Nick Chubb practiced for the first time this week and plans to play against the Saints on Saturday.

Chubb (foot) is third in the NFL in rushing (1,252 yards) and third in touchdowns (12) with three weeks left in the 2022 season.

The Browns ruled out defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (concussion), who missed practice for the third consecutive day.

Myles Garrett joined Chubb with his first practice of the week and is on track to play against New Orleans.

“Looked normal. Nick looked good,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “Myles is feeling better. They look normal.”

Garrett has been ill this week. Chubb and Garrett were free of injury designations on the final report Thursday.

Safety John Johnson was also at practice and listed as questionable for this week due to a thigh injury.

–Field Level Media

Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) gestures after a play in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins, new LB Bradley Chubb finalize $119M deal

Outside linebacker Bradley Chubb changed addresses on Tuesday and the newest member of the Miami Dolphins received a $111.25 million door prize on Thursday, agreeing to a five-year deal with $63.2 million guaranteed.

The contract doesn’t account for the $7.75 million remaining on Chubb’s rookie contract, which became the obligation of the Dolphins when Miami acquired the pass rusher Tuesday. All told, the Chubb contract has value of $119 million.

According to Chubb’s agents, the contract was part of the conversations that began two weeks ago between Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and Denver Broncos general manager George Paton.

Miami shipped a first-round pick in 2023, originally acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in the Trey Lance draft bonanza, to the Broncos for Chubb hours before the trade deadline Tuesday. The Dolphins also sent running back Chase Edmonds and a fourth-round pick of the 2024 NFL Draft to Denver for a 2025 fifth-round selection.

Chubb, 26, is two years removed from a torn ACL and led the Broncos with 5.5 sacks this season.

Grier said Wednesday he researched recovery and performance of pass rushers from similar injuries. That data combined with universal praise from past and present coaches for Chubb’s professionalism and work ethic fed the motive to move on Chubb now rather than wait for free agency bidding in March.

Miami has only 15 sacks this season and is in the bottom four in the NFL in most pass defense categories despite what head coach Mike McDaniel referred to as a “loaded” secondary.

Chubb was on the field with the Dolphins at Wednesday’s practice along with running back Jeff Wilson, who was the 49ers’ leading rusher this season. But Wilson became expendable when San Francisco acquired Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers.

Wilson knows the McDaniel system well. McDaniel, Rams coach Sean McVay and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan are former assistants of the Washington NFL franchise and McDaniel was offensive coordinator in San Francisco before he landed his first head-coaching job with the Dolphins.

–Field Level Media

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and coach Mike McDaniel address reporters Tuesday.

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GM Chris Grier: Dolphins, Bradley Chubb close to contract

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier chuckled at the media suggestion Miami might be a seller approaching the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday.

He was still laughing Wednesday when he met the media to discuss the deals that landed outside linebacker Bradley Chubb from the Denver Broncos and running back Jeff Wilson from the San Francisco 49ers.

“We won’t be satisfied until we win a Super Bowl,” Grier said Wednesday. “We have good players. We have a good scheme. I’m not into predictions but we have a good team with a good chance to win.”

Grier said he pulled the trigger to trade a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round pick and running back Chase Edmonds to the Broncos for Chubb after researching the recovery of pass rushers who’ve had torn ACLs. Chubb, 26, is two years removed from the injury and led the Broncos with 5.5 sacks. The Dolphins are already well down the road with Chubb on a long-term contract.

“We anticipate having something finished up here shortly,” he said.

The deals capitalized on the multiple picks received from the 49ers in 2020 to move up from No. 6 to No. 3 for quarterback Trey Lance. Since making those deals, Grier and the Dolphins used San Francisco’s original ammunition to draft wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, acquire wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs and finally on Tuesday, land Chubb from Denver.

“”Oh, this is where I found old dealer Chris! I thought you’d be in Vegas dealing!” a jovial Mike McDaniel said Wednesday, storming Grier’s press conference for the start of the coach’s media session. “Did you talk about how well the team is coached?”

Grier and McDaniel pointed to one common reason the Dolphins were able to make the Chubb deal: the play of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa leads the NFL in passer rating (112.7) and yards per attempt (9.02) with Hill leading the NFL in receiving yards (961). Despite a scary head injury and previous durability questions, McDaniel said he and Grier are firmly on the side of the fence that Tagovailoa is the right quarterback for their team.

It eased any worry about parting with 2023 first-round draft picks.

“I fully see Tua as the quarterback for this team and this franchise,” McDaniel said. “He’s a great talent. Since I’ve been here I’ve kind of known.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) gestures after a play in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley Chubb trade has modest impact on Dolphins’ odds

The Miami Dolphins were widely praised after acquiring Bradley Chubb ahead of the NFL’s trade deadline, but it failed to move the needle for many oddsmakers.

DraftKings told Field Level Media that the sportsbooks shifted the Dolphins Super Bowl odds from +3500 to +3000 after the deal was announced Tuesday. Their AFC Championship odds also shortened from +1800 to +1600 while their odds of winning the AFC East were trimmed from +1200 to +100.

However, BetMGM reported no movement in the Dolphins’ futures markets in the wake of the deal. In fact, the sportsbook told Field Level Media that no NFL team futures were impacted by trades announced on Tuesday.

BetRivers did not move Miami’s lines following news of the Chubb trade, although the Dolphins’ Super Bowl odds have shortened to +2500 from +3000 the previous day. Their championship odds also shifted from +1400 to +1200 and their divisional odds from +1000 to +900.

Chubb, 26, was considered the prized defender available at the trade deadline. The 2018 first-round pick had 26 career sacks for the Denver Broncos, with 5.5 of them coming this season as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme – the same scheme employed by Miami.

The Dolphins parted with their first-round selection next year in a package of draft picks sent to Denver in a bold move to upgrade a pass rush that has produced only 15 sacks through eight games. Chubb will now comprise a formidable duo with Jaelen Phillips, who leads Miami with 3.0 sacks.

Miami (5-3) is 26th in the NFL in yards per play (5.89) and passing yards per game (262.1) and 28th in passing yards per attempt at 7.33 yards per pass.

The Dolphins are also expected to work on a long-term extension with Chubb, who is playing on the $7.06 million fifth-year option picked up by Denver.

Miami also parted with backup running back Chase Edmonds as part of the Broncos deal. However, the Dolphins quickly replaced him by shipping a 2023 fifth-round pick to San Francisco for Jeff Wilson, who will reunite with former 49ers backfield mate Raheem Mostert.

Wilson, 26, carried the ball 92 times for 468 yards with two touchdowns in eight games (six starts). The 49ers’ acquisition of former All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey made Wilson expendable.

Edmonds, 26, has 216 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on the season. He was a fourth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and was in his first season in Miami.

–Field Level Media

Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) gestures after a play in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins acquire pass rusher Bradley Chubb from Broncos

Pass rusher Bradley Chubb was acquired by the Miami Dolphins from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a package of draft picks that includes a 2023 first-round selection, according to reports Tuesday.

NFL Network also reported the Dolphins were trading a 2023 fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for running back Jeff Wilson Jr.

The Dolphins pledged to work toward a long-term contract extension with Chubb as part of the deal with Denver, ESPN reported.

Chubb has 26 career sacks, including 5.5 this season playing outside linebacker in the base 3-4 defense of the Broncos. Miami employs the same scheme.

The fifth overall pick in 2018, Chubb is playing on the fifth-year option picked up by Denver with a base salary of $7.06 million

Denver will receive the first-round pick that went to the Dolphins as part of San Francisco’s trade in 2021 to move to No. 3 in the draft and select quarterback Trey Lance; a fourth-round pick in 2024; and running back Chase Edmonds, per reports.

The Broncos are sending a fifth-round pick in 2025 to Miami along with Chubb.

Draft capital should benefit the Broncos.

Denver traded two first-round picks among a package of draft choices to acquire quarterback Russell Wilson in March. By sending Chubb to the Dolphins, the Broncos recoup one first-rounder.

Chubb, 26, gives Miami a strong pair of quarterback-chasing edge defenders as he pairs with Jaelen Phillips. Phillips leads the Dolphins with three sacks.

The Dolphins have a total of 15 sacks, which is in the bottom third of the NFL, in eight games.

Miami (5-3) is 26th in the NFL in yards per play (5.89) and passing yards per game (262.1) and 28th in passing yards per attempt at 7.33 yards per pass.

Wilson, 26, carried the ball 92 times for 468 yards with two touchdowns in eight games (six starts). The 49ers’ acquisition of All-Pro RB Christian McCaffrey made Wilson a trade candidate, however.

Edmonds, 26, has 216 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on the season. He was a fourth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and was in his first season in Miami.

–Field Level Media

Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) gestures after a play in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos receiving trade offers for several players

The struggling Denver Broncos have received multiple trade inquiries about star pass-rusher Bradley Chubb and wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, ESPN reported Sunday.

The Broncos (2-4) brought a three-game losing streak into their Week 7 game against the visiting New York Jets.

Denver could be interested in acquiring draft capital after trading two first-round picks and two second-rounders to the Seattle Seahawks to acquire quarterback Russell Wilson in March.

Chubb, 26, recorded 5.5 sacks in the first six games but is playing in the final season of a four-year, $27.3 million deal he signed in 2018 after the Broncos selected him fifth overall in the NFL draft. He is earning $12.7 million in 2022.

Jeudy, 23, had 17 catches for 290 yards and two touchdowns in the first six games in his third season since Denver drafted him in the first round (15th overall) in 2020.

Hamler, 23, had just four receptions for 109 yards and no scores in five games entering Week 7. The Broncos took him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jeudy and Hamler are both playing on their rookie contracts.

According to ESPN, the Broncos are also open to trading tight end Albert Okwuegbunam — one of five TEs on their roster. Also a 2020 draft pick (fourth round), Okwuegbunam, 24, had seven catches for 50 yards in five games heading into Sunday’s contest.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) reacts against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos activate standout OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle) off IR

The Denver Broncos activated Pro Bowl outside linebacker Bradley Chubb from injured reserve on Saturday, one day before a key AFC West encounter with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Chubb was placed on IR on Sept. 22 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio had indicated Friday that Chubb would have his snap count monitored if he was activated for the game against the visiting Chargers.

Chubb sat out the season opener against the New York Giants due to an ankle injury. One week later, he aggravated the ankle late in the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars and exited the contest.

The 25-year-old had 7.5 sacks in 14 games last season while earning his first Pro Bowl honor.

Overall, Chubb has 124 tackles, 46 quarterback hits, 20.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 35 games (all starts) since being drafted No. 5 overall in 2018.

Denver is 5-5 entering the clash with the Chargers (6-4).

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) reacts against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos: Bradley Chubb returns, Garett Bolles to COVID list

The Denver Broncos returned from their bye week Monday with a blend of good and bad news.

Pro Bowl pass rusher Bradley Chubb practiced for the first time since injuring his left ankle in Week 2.

Left tackle Garett Bolles did not practice Monday after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, head coach Vic Fangio told reporters.

Chubb, 25, was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 22 after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle.

The outside linebacker was a Pro Bowl selection last season when he had 7.5 sacks in 14 games. He was injured in the second quarter of Denver’s Week 2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and has one tackle this season.

Chubb has 124 tackles, 46 quarterback hits, 20.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 35 games (all starts) since being drafted No. 5 overall in 2018.

Bolles, 29, has started eight games this season and 71 of the Broncos’ 74 games since being drafted in the first round (20th overall) in 2017.

Fangio said Bolles is vaccinated, meaning he could return with two negative tests taken 24 hours apart.

The Broncos (5-5) host the Los Angeles Chargers (6-4) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) catches a pass along the sideline in the first quarter during a Week 9 NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Cleveland Browns lead the Cincinnati Bengals 24-10 at halftime.

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Browns RB Nick Chubb (COVID-19) ruled out vs. Patriots

Cleveland Browns star running back Nick Chubb will miss Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots due to his positive test for COVID-19, coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday.

Chubb tested positive earlier this week along with fellow running back Demetric Felton. Stefanski said Felton also will miss the contest.

With Chubb out and Kareem Hunt (calf) still on injured reserve, D’Ernest Johnson will handle the bulk of the workload in the backfield.

Johnson made his first career start against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 21 and rumbled for 146 yards on 22 carries.

“It is definitely a good feeling to know that there is a guy who has been productive really every time he has touched the ball for us,” offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said of Johnson.

“I feel very confident he will come out and perform for us like he has in the past if he needs to.”

Overall, Johnson has carried the ball 37 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns this season. He is a third-year pro from South Florida.

Chubb, 25, leads the team in carries (120), rushing yards (721) and rushing touchdowns (six) in seven games this season.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Chubb has rushed for 4,278 yards with 34 touchdowns in 51 career games since being selected by the Browns in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Felton, 23, has three rushes for 16 yards while playing in nine games this season. He was selected by the Browns in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Also, defensive end Takkarist McKinley (groin) was ruled out and cornerback Greedy Williams (shoulder) is questionable.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) reacts after a play during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos standout OLB Bradley Chubb to undergo ankle surgery

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday.

Chubb will have a bone spur removed from the ankle. He reinjured it during the second quarter of Sunday’s 23-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I did everything I could to manage it and to try to come back and play,” Chubb told the team website on Tuesday. “I took the New York week (before the opener) trying to calm it down just a little bit, and then this Jacksonville week I tried to do everything to get back on the field, and unfortunately, all those things weren’t working in my favor.

“The thing (to do) is now just to go in, clean it up and be right back.”

A timetable per Chubb’s return will be determined after the surgery.

Chubb was an instant hit when he recorded a franchise rookie-record 12 sacks in 2018. The No. 5 overall pick out of North Carolina State has 20.5 in 35 career games but has repeatedly dealt with injuries.

He tore his left ACL in Denver’s fourth game of the 2019 season and also missed two games last season due to an injured right ankle. In May, Chubb underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his right ankle.

“Just going through the ACL a couple years ago and then the offseason surgery on my other ankle, it gets frustrating because I feel like I’m doing everything I can,” Chubb said. “… I’m so excited to get back on this journey just to feel like myself again in these next couple weeks and just real excited to just help this team get to that playoff push.”

Chubb was a Pro Bowl selection last season when he had 7.5 sacks in 14 games.

The Broncos also lost another key defender in the win over the Jaguars as linebacker Josey Jewell sustained a season-ending pectoral injury. The team placed Jewell on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Jewell had made 18 consecutive starts and 30 overall in 49 career games with Denver. The fourth-year pro has 217 career tackles, including 10 for losses. Jewell had four stops against Jacksonville.

–Field Level Media