RB Kareem Hunt requests trade but Cleveland Browns decline

Running back Kareem Hunt, who is seeking a contract extension, has requested a trade with the Cleveland Browns, but the team has privately declined that request, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Hunt, who is in the final year of a two-year $12 million contract, has missed team practice for the past two practices and told the Browns he won’t be attending until he gets an extension, a league source told ESPN.

News of Hunt’s trade demand was first reported by Cleveland.com.

Hunt’s situation adds even more drama to the Browns, who are waiting to see how long quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct guidelines. Watson was suspended for six games by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Monday, but the NFL appealed the verdict on Wednesday, asking for a harsher sentence.

The 27-year-old Hunt was productive during his three seasons for Cleveland, but he missed nine games last season with calf and ankle injuries and finished for 386 yards and five touchdowns, finishing third on the team by trailing Nick Chubb (1,259 yards) and D’Ernest Johnson (534). Hunt led the Browns in 2020 with 11 touchdowns (six rushing, five received).

Hunt, who led the NFL as a rookie with the Chiefs in 2017 when he had 1,327 yards, was fired from Kansas City a year later after video surfaced of him pushing and kicking a woman. He signed with the Browns in 2019 and was suspended for the first eight games of that season for violating the personal conduct policy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34363739/source-rb-kareem-hunt-requests-trade-cleveland-browns-decline RB Kareem Hunt requests trade but Cleveland Browns decline

Emma Bowman

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