Browns running back Karim Khand has requested a trade, but the team has told him they won’t honor that request, Cleveland.com Mary Kay Cabot reports. Hunt sat out practice on Friday and Saturday as a way to let Cleveland know he was unhappy with his contract.
Cabot adds that Hunt began expressing a desire for another extension in June, but there have been no substantive talks yet.
Hunt is in the final year of a two-year, $13.25 million extension. He spent the last three seasons with Cleveland, highlighted by an 841-yard, six-touchdown season in 2020. After signing an extension the following offseason, Hunt battled injuries last year, playing in just eight games all season.
While he has been solid for the Browns, Hunt has yet to recreate his 2017 rookie season with Leaderswhen he rushed for a league-leading 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns.
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However, Hunt remains behind Nick Chubb on the depth chart. Despite the Browns’ intent to have both running backs participate, Chubb will remain the leading back after three straight 1,000-yard seasons and four straight seasons with at least eight touchdowns.
Cleveland has used Hunt in more receiving roles than Chubb since the two were teammates, with Hunt leading Chubb in both receptions and receiving yards since 2019. The Browns have Chubb signed through 2024 thanks to a three-year, $36 million contract that begins this season .
This is not new territory for the Browns, who initially declined Baker MayfieldMarch trading request before trading for Deshaun Watson.
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