BREAKING NEWS: Browns to part ways with All-Pro running back, involving a reduction in his $60 million salary.

The Cleveland Browns are positioning themselves as contenders for an extended period, but they face challenging financial decisions in the next two offseasons.

According to ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, the team is expected to part ways with two-time All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin and may approach running back Nick Chubb about a reduction in his salary. Barnwell points out that key players like Amari Cooper, Jedrick Wills, cornerback Greg Newsome, and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah are set to enter free agency after the upcoming season. Additionally, the trade for Deshaun Watson has cost the Browns significant draft capital.

To address potential departures and manage their financial situation, the team may need to explore free agency, making moves like releasing Conklin and adjusting Chubb’s salary essential.

Despite facing a season-ending knee injury shortly after Conklin, leading to two surgeries for recovery, Chubb’s consistent elite-level performance and four consecutive Pro-Bowl selections don’t shield him from the financial challenges facing the Browns.

Currently under a three-year, $36.6 million extension concluding after the 2024 season, the 28-year-old running back must navigate the financial landscape. Examples like Joe Mixon’s $3 million pay cut with the Bengals and Aaron Jones sacrificing $5 million with the Packers underscore the financial decisions players may face.

If Chubb is unwilling to consider a pay cut, the Browns have a contingency plan in Jerome Ford. In his second year, Ford showcased his abilities with 813 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns, along with 44 receptions for 319 yards and 5 touchdowns, according to Pro Football Reference.

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