Browns’ Kareem Hunt requests trade, Cleveland tells RB they won’t trade him
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt has requested a trade, NFL Network’s James Palmer reported Sunday morning. Palmer added that the team told Hunt they would not grant the request.
Hunt’s trade request comes a month before the regular season and with one year remaining on the 27-year-old’s contract.
He currently owes a base salary of $1.35 million with $4.9 million in roster bonuses, per Spotrac.com.
Hunt has only played eight games in 2021 due to ankle and calf injuries. He recorded 386 rushing yards for five touchdowns, adding 22 catches for 174 yards.
A vital part of Cleveland’s formidable backfield duo alongside Nick Chubb, Hunt declared himself 100% healthy heading into training camp. He also expressed a desire to end his career in Cleveland in June.
Hunt’s desire for a storybook ending with his hometown team seems to have waned given this most recent development, but other players like San Francisco’s Deebo Samuel set the precedent this offseason in transforming a commercial request into a new contract.
If the Browns hold their ground in denying Hunt’s request, that’s one path this standoff could take. Another outcome could of course be Hunt and Cleveland going their separate ways once RB’s contract expires after this season.
Either way, the Browns would benefit greatly from a healthy, plugged-in hunt for this season.
Since joining the Browns, Hunt has spelled Chubb terrific — especially during the 2020 season when he amassed 1,145 scrimmage yards and 11 scores.
It remains to be seen how the situation will play out – whether the Browns will be able to use his breakthrough ability and whether Hunt finds a trade, a reworked contract or no change to the status quo.