Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt has requested a trade, NFL Network’s James Palmer reported Sunday morning. Palmer added that the team has told Hunt it will not grant the request.
Hunt’s trade request comes a month before the regular season and with one year left on the 27-year-old’s contract.
He currently owes a $1.35 million base salary with $4.9 million in roster bonuses, according to Spotrac.com
Hunt only played eight games in 2021 due to ankle and calf injuries. He registered 386 rushing yards for five touchdowns, and added 22 catches for 174 yards.
Hunt, a vital part of Cleveland’s terrifying backfield duo alongside Nick Chubb, reported himself 100 percent healthy for training camp. He also expressed a desire to finish his career in Cleveland in June.
Hunt’s desire for a storybook ending with his hometown’s team seems to have waned given this most recent development, but other players like San Francisco’s Deebo Samuel have set a precedent for this off-season by turning a trade request into a new contract. .
If the Browns stick to denying Hunt’s request, that’s one path this stalemate could take. Another outcome could, of course, be Hunt and Cleveland split up once the RB’s contract expires after this season.
Whatever the case, the Browns would benefit greatly from a completely healthy Hunt being hooked up this season.
Since joining the Browns, Hunt Chubb has spelled great – especially during the 2020 season when he amassed 1,145 yards from scrimmage and 11 scores.
It remains to be seen how the situation develops — whether the Browns will be able to use his groundbreaking ability and whether Hunt finds a trade, a reworked contract, or no change to the status quo.