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RB Kareem Hunt requests trade from Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) carries the ball during the fourth quarter of a Week 7 NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Cleveland Browns won 37-34. Cincinnati Bengals At Cleveland Browns Oct 25

Star running back Kareem Hunt has requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns, according to a report from Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot.

The Browns have reportedly declined the request, telling Hunt that his best move would be to perform well in 2022 and “earn his next contract.”

Cabot reports that Hunt held out of everything but individual drills over the Browns' past two practices in his attempt to secure a new contract from the team.

Hunt signed a two-year deal with the Browns at the start of the 2020 season and will be entering the final year of that deal. He is set to earn a base salary of $1.35 million with a roster bonus of $4.9 million.

Kareem Hunt: PFF overall grade and rank since 2017 (regular season only)
Season PFF Grade PFF Grade Rank
2021 74.4 22 of 64
2020 74.0 31 of 63
2019 76.7
2018 81.6 10 of 62
2017 82.4 5 of 66

A third-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Hunt has become known as one of the toughest runners in the NFL. His 3.19 yards after contact per attempt since 2017 ranks seventh among the 36 backs with 500-plus carries over that span.

Over his career, Hunt has rushed for 3,549 yards on 773 carries (4.9 yards per carry). His 28 touchdowns rank 17th among the same group of players, while his 179 forced missed tackles rank sixth.

• A pass-catching weapon out of the backfield, Hunt has earned an 85.1 receiving grade since 2017, eighth out of the 36 backs with 150 or more targets. His 1.44 yards per route run ranks 12th.

Despite Hunt's strong performances, teammate Nick Chubb figures to continue as the team's clear-cut lead “running-down back.” Chubb has averaged 1,392 total yards and 9.8 touchdowns per season since entering the league in 2018 despite missing six games over the past two seasons with knee and calf injuries.

Chubb is the RB15 in PFF's consensus fantasy football rankings for 2022. Hunt comes in as the RB30 but would jump up the rankings if he's traded to a better situation.

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