Browns have no interest in trading Kareem Hunt as RB sits out team drills in search of extension

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Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt was looking for a contract extensionand since he has yet to see his request met, it appears that he is now trying to put pressure on the franchise by not participating in team drills.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones has confirmed that the Browns currently have no interest in trading Hunt, after Cleveland.com reported that Hunt had asked for a trade.

This news comes after CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson reported Saturday that Hunt did not participate in team drills for the second straight practice. Hunt also informed the team that this was his plan moving forward. Anderson reports Hunt’s “retention” is not believed to be health-related and is subject to fines from the Browns. Hunt also reportedly told members of the Browns informally that he wanted to be paid or traded, but a source told Anderson that Hunt would rather stay in Cleveland.

“Right now I’m taking it day to day, man,” Hunt said at minicamp in June. “I’m going to see what they want to do with me and I’m taking it day by day. Hopefully I can be here long term. We’ll see what God has planned for me, that’s all I can think of. can say.”

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Hunt has one year left on the two-year extension he signed in 2020 which pays him $1.35 million in base salary and $6.25 million in annual cash, by Spotrac.

The former Pro Bowler and 2017 NFL rushing yardage leader played just eight games for Cleveland last year due to a calf injury. Hunt’s best campaign with Cleveland came in 2020, when he racked up 1,145 scrimmage yards and 11 total touchdowns. The Browns would like to keep the dynamic running duo they have in running back with Hunt and Nick Chubb, but it remains to be seen if they will extend their pass-catching before the start of the 2022 season.

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