Browns’ Kareem Hunt requests commerce, Cleveland tells RB it will not commerce him

Cleveland Browns operating again Kareem Hunt has requested a commerce, NFL Community’s James Palmer reported Sunday morning. Palmer added that the crew has advised Hunt it is not going to grant the request.

Hunt’s commerce request comes a month prematurely of the common season and with one 12 months remaining on the 27-year-old’s contract.

He’s at present due a $1.35 million base wage with $4.9 million in roster bonuses, per Spotrac.com

Hunt performed in solely eight video games in 2021 as a consequence of ankle and calf accidents. He logged 386 dashing yards for 5 touchdowns, including 22 catches for 174 yards.

A significant a part of Cleveland’s fearsome backfield duo alongside Nick Chubb, Hunt reported himself one hundred pc wholesome forward of coaching camp. He additionally expressed a want to complete his profession in Cleveland again in June.

Hunt’s craving for a storybook ending along with his hometown crew would seem to have diminished contemplating this most up-to-date improvement, however different gamers like San Francisco’s Deebo Samuel have set the precedent this offseason of turning a commerce request into a brand new contract.

If the Browns maintain agency on denying Hunt’s request, that’s one route this stalemate may go. One other final result after all might be Hunt and Cleveland going separate methods as soon as the RB’s contract expires following this season.

Regardless of the case, the Browns would profit enormously from a totally wholesome Hunt being plugged in for this season.

Since becoming a member of the Browns, Hunt has spelled Chubb in great vogue — particularly in the course of the 2020 season when he amassed 1,145 yards from scrimmage and 11 scores.

It stays to be seen how the state of affairs performs out — if the Browns will be capable of make the most of his game-breaking skill and if Hunt finds a commerce, reworked contract or no change to the established order.