Chris Hubbard Switching From Steelers to Browns in 2018
Chris Hubbard had become a staple on the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line in recent time. But now he is going on to a different team in the AFC North as he has signed a big deal with the Cleveland Browns.
Chris HubbardChris Hubbard Offensive tackle #74
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 286 lb (130 kg)
College: UAB
Drafted: 2013 Undrafted
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Hubbard’s move will surely impact the Steelers odds in AFC North as they might be little harder, what with the Browns continuing to rebuild the team and use the draft picks they have to their advantage through trades while also getting free agents.
Hubbard, a former star with UAB, will get $37.5 million in his five-year contract with the Browns. This includes $18 million in guaranteed money. This is a significant raise from his last contract with the Steelers where he earned a little more than $3 million in his base salary with nearly $1.8 million included during the 2017 season.
Chris Hubbard earned All-Conference USA honors in 2012 as a tackle for the Blazers. He was undrafted in 2013 and was signed to the Steelers’ practice squad. He would not get his first action during a game until 2014 when he got into one game and played eight snaps. His workload progressively increased to where he got four starts in 2016 and eventually ten starts in 2017 with 780 snaps. Much of this came as Marcus Gilbert, the team’s regular right tackle, had been injured for part of the season.
Hubbard had also worked as a blocking tight end for the Steelers. Interestingly enough, he was listed on the team’s roster as a guard throughout much of the past few years.
It became difficult for the Steelers to keep Hubbard as Gilbert and Alejandro Villanueva, the team’s other main tackle, were both signed with long-term deals. Therefore, Hubbard was let go to sign with a different team.
The $37.5 million contract Hubbard is getting from the Browns is larger than what Gilbert and Villanueva are earning with the Steelers. Gilbert is getting just $31 million in his five-year deal while Villanueva is getting $6 million per year on his four-year deal.
Hubbard is expected to be a left offensive tackle for the Browns. He will replace Joe Thomas, who is retiring after having played with the Browns for eleven seasons. Thomas was a six-time All-Pro and played on every snap in his first ten seasons, but he missed most of last year with a triceps injury.
Hubbard will play alongside former Auburn star Shon Coleman. Hubbard will be on the left while Coleman is on the right end as an offensive tackle. The other three starters from last year’s Browns offensive line will return as well.
Hubbard is not the only person from the Steelers who is moving on to the Browns for the coming season. Former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley will also be on the Browns in that same position. Although Haley had plenty of success during the last seven seasons with the Steelers, the team decided not to bring him back for the 2018 season. This led him to sign with the Browns to help lead the team’s offense into a new era as the team looks to rebound from its 0-16 season from last year.

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