Browns RB Kareem Hunt executes ‘partial hold-in’

August 7: Looks like Hunt made a formal exchange request, by Cabot. As expected, the Browns maintain that they have no intention of honoring this request.

August 6: There have been questions regarding the running back hunt kareemwith the Browns entering a contract year dating back to the early months of the offseason. Initially, there didn’t seem to be any drama as both sides took a somewhat nonchalant approach to negotiations that seemed inevitable, but now, with the regular season slipping away from him, Hunt appears to be moving bolder. Hunt sat out team drills for the second straight practice today, according to CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson, telling the Browns that he only plans to participate in individual drills.

Reports in May describes the contractual situation like in the air, saying that if the two sides fail to negotiate before camp, it will likely reduce Hunt’s chances of staying in Cleveland this year. Only a week later other reports have claimed thatdespite the lack of certainty regarding his future, Hunt was “still very much in the Browns’ plans for this season”, saying the team had no plans to negotiate or release Hunt due to the absence of a substantial extension negotiations.

It took a few more weeks before Hunt finally voiced his opinion that he wanted to re-sign with the Browns, wanting an extension but choosing to take things “day by day” in mid-June. After reaching full health shortly thereafter, Hunt made further comments about his contract situation.

“I hope to be paid” Hunt said. “So you know, whatever they decide, they know I’m going to come in and give it my all and I’ll do whatever I can to help the team win.”

This apparently only applies to the regular season, given Hunt’s new preseason plans. The two recent “partial hold-ins” were “the first time since training camp that Hunt hasn’t participated” in team drills. Cleveland is in a position to subject him to fines for his lack of participation and likely will.

Hunt’s agent was reportedly at the Browns premises earlier this week, likely to work on a potential new contract for the 27-year-old. According to Anderson, team members said that “he wants to be paid or traded.” The belief is that he would really rather stay in Cleveland, he just wants to get paid what he’s worth.

The Browns have been slowly playing out a new contract for Hunt after missing nine games last year between injuries and COVID-19. Due to the missed time and the configuration of the second year of his contract, it made sense that Cleveland would agree to allow Hunt to play out his contract year and review a new contract after the season. They seemed to be taking the initiative from Hunt, but now, with Hunt’s new decision to express his desires more, they are in the awkward position of having to deal with negotiations in the weeks leading up to the regular season.

As a native of Willoughby, OH, Hunt made it known recently that he would like to eventually end his career in Cleveland, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Unfortunately for Hunt, he doesn’t have much clout. A plethora of running backs who can contribute and a contract that doesn’t penalize the team much for waiting stacks the deck against Hunt.

Hunt should be the Browns’ No. 2 running back behind the star running back Nick Chubb. by Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton the two had a chance to show off their skills in Hunt’s absence last year, and fifth-round rookie pick Jerome Ford showed serious potential entering the league. The combination of contributing running backs has the potential to make Hunt redundant, especially if he decides to continue to hold on.

Hunt certainly has the talent to be a starting running back in this league, as he showed in his rookie year at Kansas City, and he probably wants to get paid like that. Unfortunately, the situation is against him, so he took drastic measures to try to achieve his means. With the preseason opener for Cleveland six days away and the regular season starting just over a month away, time is running out for the two sides to come to terms.

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