Browns: Kareem Hunt could be on his way out of Cleveland
Not long ago, Kareem Hunt said he wanted to stay in Cleveland long-term, but now it appears he and the Browns might have different plans
Kareem Hunt found a second life in the NFL when he landed with the Cleveland Browns ahead of the 2019 season. The hometown kid found redemption following his release from the Kansas City Chiefs — after a video of him involved in an altercation with a female was discovered — and he recently said he wanted to finish his career with the Browns.
However, the Browns might not feel the same way.
Josina Anderson broke the news on Saturday that Hunt did not participate in team drills for the second day in a row as he seeks a new contract with the franchise.
The problem for Hunt is that he doesn’t have a lot of leverage. He’s due $6.25 million this season but the two-year extension for $13.25 million he signed in 2020 is set up to where he would count for no dead money should he be released or traded this year.
How will the Browns handle this situation?
Cleveland finds themselves holding all the cards — and even if they did decide to hold firm, they have enough running backs to keep their offense humming. Not only do they have Nick Chubb, but D’Ernest Johnson was retained as well, and he topped 100-yards twice in 2021 and had a 99-yard outing against the New England Patriots.
With Hunt missing nine games last season, Johnson proved his worth as he ran for a total of 534 yards with three touchdowns.
He’s joined by rookie fifth-round pick Jerome Ford, who was very impressive at Cincinnati. As if this wasn’t enough talent, Demetric Felton — who has been getting work as a receiver — is also listed as a running back.
Cleveland is stacked at the position and will be fine. Having said that, they’re much more explosive with Hunt on the roster.
Time will tell, but right now, the two sides are at an impasse and it could eventually lead to Hunt moving on.