Chris Hubbard expected to sign with Cleveland Browns


Offensive Tackle Chris Hubbard from the Pittsburgh Steelers - $37.5 million for five years.

Hubbard played in all 16 games with the Steelers last season, starting in ten of those games.

What it means: The Browns did not believe they had a replacement on the roster if Thomas decides to retire, but Hubbard seems primarily to be a right tackle. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 40th overall offensive tackle out of 81 qualifiers in 2017. In 2016, he played 325 offensive snaps in 15 games, including four starts.

Reinstated for the last five games of the regular season past year, Gordon caught 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown in that time. If the Browns believe Shon Coleman can move from right to left - something Thomas has said he believes Coleman can do - then Hubbard could play the right side and Coleman the left. Coleman struggled in 2017, and was very inconsistent with his play. Hubbard earned praised from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for his play when Gilbert was out last season, and Pittsburgh liked the way he handled moving around and filling in. Haley's experience with Hubbard may have made John Dorsey comfortable offering a long-term contract to Hubbard. The Browns are waiting for word from left offensive tackle Joe Thomas on his future.

At 6'3 and a solid 211 pounds, the 24-year-old former Penn State standout is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the NFL.

All of the above contracts become official on Wednesday at 4 p.m. when the NFL's new league year and the free agency period officially begin.