browns running back Karim Hunt Trade requested, but team told him they wouldn’t accept it, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reports. Hunter skipped team practice on Friday and Saturday to let Cleveland know he wasn’t happy with his contract.
Cabot added that Hunter began expressing his desire for a new extension in June, but meaningful talks have yet to take place.
Hunter is in the final year of a two-year, $13.25 million extension. He has spent the past three seasons in Cleveland, most notably 841 yards and six touchdowns in 2020. After signing a contract extension the following offseason, Hunter battled injuries last year and played in just eight games all season.
While he’s been solid with the Browns, Hunter has yet to make his rookie season in 2017 with the Chiefwhen he rushed for a league-leading 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns.
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However, Hunt is still behind Nick Chubb on the depth map. Although the Browns intend to have both running backs involved, Chubb will hold the lead after three straight 1,000-yard seasons and four straight seasons with at least eight touchdowns.
Cleveland has used Hunter in more receiving roles than Chubb since 2019, and Hunter has led Chubb in both receiving and yards since 2019. The Browns signed Chubb through 2024 thanks to a three-year, $36 million deal that begins this season.
It’s not new territory for the Browns, who initially denied Baker MayfieldTrade requests for the three months preceding the trade Deshaun Watson.
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