Browns refuse to trade Kareem Hunt after trade request
After reaching the playoffs for the first time in 18 years, the Browns are looking to build off that success.
Much of that will rely on their offense that is filled with talented skilled-position players. Among them is former Pro Bowl running back Kareem Hunt.
Hunt is heading into the final year of his two-year, $12 million deal, which he has asked for a trade from the Browns. However, ESPN is reporting that the team has declined the star running back’s demand.
Hunt has missed two practices but returned on Sunday. Head coach Kevin Stefanski touched on the matter by voicing that he wouldn’t divulge further into the matter through the media.
“I’m not going to get into really anything that has to do with our players and conversations,” he said via ESPN.
There is no clarity regarding why Hunt has demanded a trade. Although it could be due to his desire to secure a bigger offensive role. He’s currently slated to split time in the backfield with Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb along with D’Ernest Johnson.
Hunt has proven to be an effective option in the Browns’ offense, but he struggled to stay on the field last season. He missed nine games due to calf and ankle issues, limiting him to 386 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
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The 27-year-old is a proven factor as a runner and receiver, which is likely why the Browns elected to decline his trade request. That could lead to his departure next offseason in free agency for a fresh opportunity elsewhere.