Dolphins GM expects to sign LB Bradley Chubb to long-term deal

MIAMI — Less than 24 hours after the trade for Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said the team expects to sign Chubb on a long-term contract.

The 26-year-old is in the final year of the rookie contract he signed in 2018, but Grier made it clear that Miami has not parted with a first-round pick on a year-long lease.

“When you do a deal like this for a player – from our point of view when we do business – you always want something done and we expect something to be done here shortly,” he said.

The former Pro Bowler has 5.5 sacks this season and ranks third in the NFL with a 25.8% pass rush win rate; his new team-mate Jaelan Phillips is fourth.

Chubb’s career has been marred by injuries over the past three seasons. He has missed 24 games out of a possible 49 in 2022, mainly due to a cruciate ligament tear and a bone spur in his ankle. Grier said the Dolphins conducted extensive research into his injury history and work ethic and determined there was no major cause for concern.

“If you go around the league and look at some of the other guys who are premium pass rushers, there have also been guys in the past who have had ACLs and multiple ACL injuries,” Grier said. “He’s a tough boy. He’s in great shape.

“Listen, injuries happen. But we think at his age and the way he’s playing and what we’re doing, it was a risk worth taking.”

Spotrac lists Chubb’s market value as $90.5 million over four years; The Dolphins currently have $5.1 million in salary cap space but have restructured linebacker Jerome Baker’s contract to add some flexibility, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates.

Over the next two seasons, the Dolphins must make decisions about several key players, including Christian Wilkins, Andrew Van Ginkel, Nik Needham, and Tua Tagovailoa, while spending $17 million or more on four players not including Chubb – Tyreek Hill, Terron Armstead, Byron Jones and Emmanuel Ogbah. But Grier said the trade is not short-sighted and they are considering their future financial flexibility.

“I think with such deals you always have to keep an eye on the future,” said Grier. “For us Bradley is a good player but we also have a good feeling about Jaelan, Andrew and Melvin [Ingram]. So add this piece to that group, but you always have to look to the future.”

Coach Mike McDaniel said the trade is something he had hoped for, adding that Chubb has been on his radar since his days with the San Francisco 49ers.

“As you know, I have an affinity for edge players, that’s my preferred position,” he said. “I practiced against it [Chubb] in 2019 and in game too he was on our radar as one of those guys who can really dictate the terms of what [opponents] can play offensively so it’s cool to have him here.”

Going 5-3 through the first eight weeks of the season, the Dolphins looked like playoff contenders in the AFC, thanks in large part to the success of their seventh offense. Led by NFL leading quarterback Tagovailoa, Miami is poised to weather a 27-year drought without a top-10 offense.

However, Grier and McDaniel insisted that the move for Chubb was simply about adding “a really good player in a premium position” and not the result of an accelerated schedule due to Tagovailoa’s development in 2022.

“I would say it has an impact on that,” Grier said. “But I don’t think we looked at it – because you heard us from day one, especially Mike from day one was like, ‘This is the guy and we’re going to win a lot of games with him.’ “

McDaniel reaffirmed Tagovailoa’s status as the franchise’s quarterback, acknowledging that having faith in your quarterback makes it easier to make “big” decisions.

“There’s a certain clarity when you’re very, very confident in your starting quarterback,” McDaniel said.

“From the beginning, I saw Tua as our quarterback for this team and this franchise. I think he’s an incredible talent. … That’s not something we considered after he had a good game. That’s something that since I’ve been here, we’ve kind of known and been able to work in that spirit with all the things we’ve done. Dolphins GM expects to sign LB Bradley Chubb to long-term deal

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