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AP Source: Browns tackle Hubbard restructures contract

Posted: 8:04 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 20:04:34-04
Chris Hubbard

CLEVELAND — Browns right tackle Chris Hubbard has agreed to rework his contract and take a substantial pay cut after the team signed free agent Jack Conklin, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Hubbard, who lost his starting job when Cleveland signed Conklin to a three-year, $42 million last week, will make a base salary of $2.5 million next season, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team doesn’t publicly disclose contracts.

ESPN.com was first to report Hubbard’s new deal.

There had been speculation Hubbard would be released, but the Browns believe he still has value as a backup in case Conklin gets hurt.

Hubbard was previously scheduled to make $6.47 million in salary and bonuses in 2020, $7 million in 2021 and $7.5 million in 2022. He can reach $5 million next season with incentives, and void the second year of the deal if he plays 90 percent of the snaps.

The Browns also announced the signings of defensive tackle Andrew Billings and center Evan Brown.

Hubbard signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract with the Browns in 2018 after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 28-year-old started 29 of 30 games over two seasons with Cleveland, but the team’s decision to add Conklin will change Hubbard’s role dramatically.

It’s possible he’ll serve as the team’s “swing” tackle or Hubbard could compete for the starting job at right guard.

Billings agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal last week. The 25-year-old gives Cleveland more muscle up front and a proven run stopper. The 328-pounder started 30 games over the past two seasons with Cincinnati, which drafted him in the fourth round in 2016.

Brown was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Giants in 2018. He’s played in four career NFL games— one with New York and three for Miami.

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BROWNS 2019 SEASON RESULTS

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Buccaneers 13, Browns 12 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · Browns 23, Jets 3 (1-1)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · Rams 20, Browns 13 (1-2)

WEEK 4 · Sun 09/29 · Browns 40, Ravens 25 (2-2)

WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 49ers 31, Browns 3 (2-3)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · Seahawks 32, Browns 28 (2-4)

WEEK 7 Bye

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/27 · Patriots 27, Browns 13 (2-5)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/03 · Broncos 24, Browns 19 (2-6)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/10 · Browns 19, Bills 16 (3-6)

WEEK 11 · Thu 11/14 · Browns 21, Steelers 7 (4-6)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/24 · Browns 41, Dolphins 24 (5-6)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/01 · Steelers 20, Browns 13 (5-7)

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/08 · Browns 27, Bengals 19 (6-7)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/15 · Cardinals 38, Browns 24 (6-8)

WEEK 16 · Sun 12/22 · Ravens 31, Browns 15 (6-9)

WEEK 17 · Sun 12/29 · Bengals 33, Browns 23 (6-10)