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Running back Kareem Hunt, who is seeking a contract extension, has requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns, but the team has privately declined that request, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Hunt, who is in the final year of a two-year, $12 million deal, had missed team drills the past two practices but returned to them Sunday.
The news of Hunt’s trade request was first reported by Cleveland.com.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski declined comment Sunday when asked about Hunt’s trade request.
“I don’t want to get into anything that you have to do with our players and conversations,” he said.
Stefanski also said he “doesn’t want to get into that” when asked if Hunt would be fined for sitting out team practices.
Hunt’s situation adds more turmoil for the Browns, who are waiting to see how long quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Watson was suspended for six games by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Monday, but the NFL appealed the ruling on Wednesday and sought a stiffer punishment.
Hunt, 27, has been productive in his three seasons with Cleveland, but he missed nine games last season with calf and ankle injuries and finished with 386 yards and five touchdowns, finishing third on the team in rushing behind Nick Chubb (1,259 yards) and D’Ernest Johnson (534). Hunt led the Browns with 11 touchdowns (six rushing, five receiving) in 2020.
Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with the Chiefs in 2017 when he had 1,327 yards, was released by Kansas City a year later after video surfaced of him pushing and kicking a woman. He signed with the Browns in 2019 and was suspended for the first eight games of that season for violating the personal conduct policy.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter and The Associated Press contributed to this report.