Chris Hubbard will be back with the Browns after agreeing to a pay cut, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Thursday.
Hubbard lost his job as starting right tackle when Jack Conklin signed a three-year, $42 million deal last week.
Hubbard was originally scheduled to make $6.15 million in salary in 2020 as part of a five-year, $36.5 million deal he signed as a free agent in 2018. Instead, the new two-year deal pays him a $1 million signing bonus and a $2.15 million salary this season, including $1 million guaranteed. He can make up to $5 million this season with incentives and can void the second year of the deal if he plays 90 percent of the snaps.
ESPN’s Field Yates was first to report the deal and the terms.
Hubbard, 28, joined the Browns in 2018 after four seasons with the Steelers, mostly as a backup. Hubbard started 16 games in 2018 and 13 in 2019. He missed one game with a foot injury and another with a knee injury.
Hubbard is well-liked but struggled last season. Pro Football Focus gave him a 55.9 pass-blocking grade, which ranked 54th of 72 tackles.
He could fill the swing tackle role off the bench or compete to be the starting right guard. Wyatt Teller finished last year as the starter but isn’t guaranteed the job.
The Browns could also try to restructure the contract of defensive end Olivier Vernon, who’s due $15.25 million in the final year of his contract in 2020. Vernon had only 3.5 sacks and missed six games with a knee injury in his only year with the Browns, but there isn’t a natural replacement on the roster.
The one-year deal for defensive tackle Andrew Billings (6-foot-1, 328 pounds), reportedly worth $3.5 million, became official. He’ll join a sturdy rotation with returning starters Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi.
Billings, 25, was a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in 2016 out of Baylor University. He started 30 of 32 games the last two years with Cincinnati, totaling 67 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 11 quarterback hits.
The Browns signed center Evan Brown, who spent last season with the Giants and Dolphins.
Brown (6-2, 302) was undrafted out of SMU in 2018 and has appeared in four games. He’ll compete for the backup spot behind starter JC Tretter.