According to multiple reports, Karim Hunt is skipping Cleveland Browns training camp as he seeks a contract extension.
CBS correspondent Josina Anderson reports. that Hunt participates in individual training but misses team training for the second day in a row on Saturday. According to the report, the six-year-old runner was previously a full member of the training camp. Per Anderson and Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.comThe Browns fine Hunt for skipping exercise.
Hunt, 27, is in the second year of a two-year, $12 million contract. Cabot reports that he told the Browns that he wanted to end his career in Cleveland.
Hunt joined the Browns in 2019 after two outstanding seasons to kick off his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He won the Pro Bowl and led the NFL in rushing with 1,327 yards as a rookie in 2017. Executives released him in 2018 after a video surfaced of Hunt pushing and kicking a woman on the floor in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel.
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The Browns then signed Hunt to a one-year, $1.1 million contract for 2019. He forfeited half his salary that season as he ended up serving an eight-game suspension from the NFL due to the hotel incident. Hunt eventually signed another one-year contract for 2020 ahead of a two-year deal he now wants to renew.
Hunt played a smaller role in Cleveland, supporting three-time Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb. He remained a prolific player in his limited role, having amassed 2,169 rushing yards (67.7 per game) and 19 touchdowns in 32 games for the Browns, his hometown team.
Chubb remains at the top of the depth table, while third-year running back D’Ernest Johnson has become a reliable understudy in 2021 with 534 yards and three touchdowns per 100 carries. Neither Hunt nor the Browns raised the subject publicly.