Report: Details behind Bradley Chubb’s megadeal with Miami Dolphins emerge

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Information about linebacker Bradley Chubb’s new five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins has come out and shows that the 26-year-old Chubb will make a lot of money over the next few seasons.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk offered some insight into the details behind Chubb’s contract, which includes a pretty nice signing bonus.

“1. Signing bonus: $13.487 million,” wrote Florio.

“2. 2022 base salary: $575,000.

“3. 2023 base salary: $19.4 million, fully guaranteed at signing.

“4. 2024 base salary: $19.75 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed in March 2023.

“5. 2024 per-game roster bonus: $680,000 total.

“6. 2025 base salary: $19.45 million, $10 million of which is guaranteed for injury but does not become fully guaranteed.

“7. 2025 per-game roster bonuses: $680,000 total.

“8. 2026 base salary: $19.45 million.

“9. 2026 per-game roster bonuses: $680,000 total.

“10. 2027 base salary: $18.48 million.

“11. 2027 per-game roster bonus: $680,000 total.

“12. 2023-2027 workout bonuses: $100,000 per year.

“13. 2023-2027 Pro Bowl incentive: $250,000 per year.”

The Dolphins acquired Chubb from the Denver Broncos on Tuesday as part of a trade package that included a first-round pick the Dolphins had previously acquired from the San Francisco 49ers.

Chubb was the fifth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft and has shown to be a ferocious pass rusher when he’s on the field. The problem he’s dealt with over the past few seasons is staying healthy.

After recording 12 sacks in his rookie season with the Broncos, Chubb was limited to four games during the 2019 campaign and had just one sack. He bounced back in the 2020 season with 7.5 sacks in 14 games but was unable to record a sack in seven games last season.

In eight games for the Broncos this season, Chubb picked up 5.5 sacks. Given the prime draft pick the Dolphins gave up, the team is obviously hoping to make sure that Chubb remains healthy for the rest of the season.

That injury history makes Chubb’s signing something of a risk for the Dolphins. Yet, the team needs to do a better job of getting to the quarterback.

In their eight games this season, the Dolphins have only collected 15 sacks, with no pass rusher constantly dominating opposing offenses. Entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, second-year linebacker Jaelan Phillips leads the team with three sacks.

Now that Chubb’s immediate future has been cleared up, the Dolphins are hoping that their investment will start to pay dividends immediately. The team is currently 5-3 on the season and riding a two-game winning streak.

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Brad is a freelance writer for and has been around long enough to remember the 1972 perfect season, and even when Don Shula was coaching the Colts. He still follows the Dolphins and other happenings in the NFL, so he can offer a little perspective when it comes to the ups and downs of each season. Some of his opinions may end up differing from the people who read them, but that's par for the course when it comes to life in South Florida.