Dolphins and LB Bradley Chubb agree to terms of five-year, $110 million contract extension

The Dolphins sacrificed a lot to acquire Bradley Chubb, and they’re willing to pay dearly to keep him in Miami beyond 2022.

Chubb and Miami agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract extension on Thursday, NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported.

Chubb’s new contract includes $63.2 million in guaranteed money and a maximum value of $111.25 million with incentives, per Pelissero. With Chubb’s remaining rookie salary included, the value climbs towards the $120 million mark, landing at just under $119 million through 2027.

On the face of it, the Dolphins will definitely be digging deep to keep Chubb, a player who has only broken double-digit sacks once in his career. The extension places Chubb among the top six rushers by average annual salary ($22 million per year), landing slightly ahead of former Broncos teammate Von Miller. Chubb’s guaranteed money total is the fifth-highest at the position, according to Over The Cap, while his deal is competitive with most anyone not named TJ Watt, Joey Bosa or Myles Garrett.

Often these deals count as much leverage as performance, and after Miami sent a package to Denver that included a 2023 first-round pick, Chubb’s representation certainly had the leverage to demand a high salary.

The numbers are a bit startling based on the production, but one can’t sum up Chubb’s career at this point without mentioning his repeated health issues. Since racking up 12 sacks in his rookie season in 2018, the former fifth-overall pick hasn’t played a full season, appearing twice in less than eight games (four in 2019, seven in 2021).

When healthy, Chubb has been an effective defender for a Broncos team that has struggled to reinvent itself since winning Super Bowl 50. With 5.5 quarterback strikeouts in 2022, Chubb is on the point of flirting with his total of 12 rookie sacks, and he’s joining a team that also includes an underrated forward in Emmanuel Ogbah, who has quietly proven himself to be a consistently effective contributor since joining the Dolphins in 2020. Comparatively, Ogbah’s numbers are down this season after recording nine sacks in consecutive campaigns, but he should benefit from the addition of Chubb.

Miami knew they needed a rusher who could make a difference and who could apply consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks and take some stress off their talented but overworked secondary. The Dolphins’ defensive statistical ranking is well below expectations in 2022, sitting 23rd in total defense and 26th against the pass while tied for 23rd in sacks and 27th in turnovers.

Simply, Miami needs to be better on that side of the ball, and that starts with naturally attacking the passer. The Dolphins believe Chubb is their man to do the job and have paid him accordingly.

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