Ahtyba Rubin’s agent says Rubin’s staying in Cleveland

AP

Late last week, PFT reported that defensive end Ahtyba Rubin could join linebacker D’Qwell Jackson on the Browns’ discard pile as the team marked its latest regime change by clearing out some well-paid players.

Any teams that might have been contemplating adding Rubin to their defensive line might want to make sure they have backup plans in place, however. Rubin’s agent Alan Herman told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Rubin isn’t about to hit the chopping block.

“I can assure Ahtyba is fine,” Herman said. “All the conversations have been positive and everybody’s happy to have him on the team.”

Herman also said that he spoke to Browns officials at the combine and that there are no planned modifications to Rubin’s contract. Rubin is set to make $6.6 million in 2014, which is the final year of his contract. If the Browns are interested in keeping Rubin and lowering his cap hit, they could extend his deal rather than ask for a pay cut or cut him loose.