The Miami Dolphins didn't trade a first-round pick for Bradley Chubb just for a rental.
General manager Chris Grier told reporters Wednesday he expects to have a long-term contract extension in place for the Pro Bowl linebacker "shortly."
"When you do a deal like that for a player, you always would like to—from our perspective when we do business—we would like to have something done, and we anticipate having something finished up here shortly," Grier said.
Chubb is making $7.1 million in 2022 while playing out the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. He could be an unrestricted free agent in March, though it's likely Miami would use its franchise tag if no long-term deal is reached.
The Dolphins also added running back Jeff Wilson Jr. at the deadline as part of an all-out push at a deep playoff run. Miami enters Week 9 at 5-3, but that record is misleading; the team is 5-0 in games quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has started and finished.
The third-year quarterback currently leads the NFL in QBR (78.7) and has two of the league's most scintillating receivers in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
Adding Chubb will give the Dolphins the equivalent of a Hill-Waddle tandem on the defensive edges. Second-year linebacker Jaelan Phillips, who will line up opposite of Chubb in the Dolphins' revamped front seven, is currently fourth in the NFL in pass-rush win rate. Chubb is third.
This is a roster that has all the makings of a Super Bowl champion.
The Dolphins should be able to hand Chubb a massive sum of money immediately while structuring the deal so it can be reworked once it's time to give Tagovailoa and Waddle new contracts. Assuming the team picks up their respective fifth-year options, Tagovailoa is under contract through the 2024 season and Waddle will be on his rookie deal until 2025.