James Palmer of the NFL Network reported, Sunday morning, that the Cleveland Browns, who are managing the return of Karim Hunt, have requested a deal. Palmer added that the team told Hunt that it would not agree to the request.
Hunt’s commercial request comes a month before the regular season and with the 27-year-old’s contract still one year.
He is currently owed a base salary of $1.35 million with $4.9 million in outstanding bonuses, per Spotrac.com.
Hunt played in just eight games in 2021 due to ankle and leg injuries. He recorded 386 flush yards for five touchdowns, adding 22 catches for 174 yards.
A vital part of the fearsome duo in Cleveland alongside Nick Chap, Hunt reported being 100 percent healthy before bootcamp. He also expressed his desire to end his career in Cleveland again in June.
Hunt’s yearning for a story ending with his hometown team appears to have diminished given this latest development, but other players like Deebo Samuel of San Francisco have set the precedent this season of turning the trade request into a new contract.
If Brown stands firm in denying Hunt’s request, this is one path this predicament could take. Another consequence could, of course, be that Hunt and Cleveland go their separate ways once RB’s contract expires after this season.
Whatever the case, Brown will benefit greatly from the whole healthy Hunt being delivered this season.
Since joining the Browns, Hunt has spelled Chubb in a massive way—particularly during the 2020 season when he collected 1,145 scrimmage yards and 11 points.
It remains to be seen how the situation will unfold – if Brown is able to capitalize on his game-breaking ability and if Hunt finds a deal, rephrased contract or no change in the status quo.