It is reported that Brown running back Karim Hunt intends not to be able to train during training camp until he secures a new contract with the club.
After sitting outside part of the team’s training on Friday, the 27-year-old chose to skip training for a second day in a row as he continues to seek an extension, according to multiple reports. Josina Anderson of CBS Sports first mentioned The news of Hunt’s partial “detention,” adding that he did not believe it was health related. The five-year-old veteran played eight matches in 2021 due to calf and ankle injuries.
Anderson noted that Hunt has recently told the team several times that his current plan is to only engage in individual training until the two sides work out a solution. Anderson also reported that while Hunt has informally told team members that he wants to either be paid or traded, a source confirmed that he ultimately wishes to remain in Cleveland.
Hunt, who signed a one-year contract with The Browns as a free agent in 2019, entered the final season of a two-year $13.25 million extension he signed on September 20.
Cleveland.com’s Mark Kay Capote later confirmed the return of the ties to a report from minicamp in June, noting that Hunt had expressed a desire to stay long for team officials. So far, there has been no impact on the new deal.
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“Right now, I’m dealing with it day in and day out, man,” Hunt said in June. Per CBS. “I will see what they want to do with me and I will do it day in and day out. I hope to be here for the long term. We will see what God has planned for me, that is all I can say.”
Hunt, a Pro Bowler with the Chiefs in 2017, was one of the most reliable backup defenders in the NFL after spending his first two seasons as a rookie in Kansas City. His role as second fiddle, albeit a somewhat valuable one, for star Nick Chap has put Browns firmly in the conversation for the league’s top tandem player for the past three years.
In his 32 games played in Cleveland, Hunt collected 1,406 rushing yards and 13 hits, going with 97 receptions at 763 yards and six touchdowns.
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