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NFL Rumors: Browns' Kareem Hunt to Be Fined for Skipping Drills amid Contract Hold-In

Erin WalshAugust 6, 2022

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Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt will be fined by the franchise for skipping team drills during training camp, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Hunt has only competed in individual drills since reporting to training camp and will continue to do so until he receives a contract extension, per ESPN.

Josina Anderson of CBS Sports first reported that Hunt was holding out of team drills because he has yet to sign an extension and that he said to members of the Browns informally that he wanted to get paid or be traded.

However, a source told Anderson that they believed Hunt wanted to remain in Cleveland and just wanted to be paid what he believes he's worth.

Hunt signed a two-year, $12 million extension with the Browns in 2020 and is set to be paid $6.25 million in 2022, per Spotrac. It's unclear how much money he is asking for on a new deal.

The 27-year-old told the Browns earlier this year that he wanted an extension to finish his career in Cleveland, where he grew up, according to Cabot. However, he was unsure if the franchise had an interest in keeping him around.

"We'll see what they want to do with me," he said at the time, per Cabot. "I don't know what to think right now.'"

Hunt is entering his fourth year with the Browns. However, his only full season with the franchise came in 2020.

The Toledo product was suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 season for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy. When he returned, he rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns in eight games, in addition to catching 37 passes for 285 yards and one score.

He was also limited to just eight games in 2021 due to calf and ankle ailments, recording 386 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and catching 22 passes for 174 yards.

When he played all 16 games during the 2020 season, he rushed for 841 yards and six touchdowns and caught 38 passes for 304 yards and five scores. It was arguably his best season since his rookie campaign in 2017.

Hunt began his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, which selected him in the third round of the 2017 draft. He rushed for a career-high 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season and caught 53 passes for 455 yards and three scores.

If the Browns and Hunt part ways, the franchise will continue to rely on Nick Chubb as its top running back. However, D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton Jr. will be due for more snaps.

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