In the midst of a contract dispute, Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt “REFUSES to practice.”
According to reports, Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt has increased the pressure on his team by REFUSING to practice until he receives a contract extension or is traded.
With the ongoing controversy surrounding Deshaun Watson, the Browns have already had a turbulent offseason. However, it now seems that the 27-year-old former Pro Bowl running back may be in yet another sticky situation.
As CBS reported on Saturday, Hunt skipped his second straight team practice on Saturday and informed the coaches that he would do the same until his contract situation was resolved.
According to rumors, Hunt’s strategy is to only take part in individual drills until he is paid or traded to another team.
Only the first year of a two-year contract worth (dollar)13.25 million that the 2017 leading rusher in yards has signed remains.
The Browns would like to keep their dynamic running back tandem of Hunt and Nick Chubb, who played in just eight games combined last season due to calf and ankle injuries.
Hunt is said to want to stay in Cleveland but is anxious to start receiving compensation before he begins training. It is said that his agent visited the training facility earlier this week to speak with the front office.
At minicamp in June, Hunt discussed his contract situation and said: “Right now, man, I’m just taking it day by day.”
I’m taking things day by day and will see what they want to do with me.
I’d like to stay for a while.
The only thing I can say is that we’ll see what God has in store for me.
Currently, the Browns have the option of fining him for skipping practice, and everyone involved will be eager to find a quick resolution given how close the season is.
While star quarterback Deshaun Watson waits to find out if his six-game suspension will stand, the Browns are also awaiting word on whether he will start in week one.
A six-game suspension for sexual misconduct was imposed on Watson by an independent arbitrator, but the NFL has since filed an appeal, and commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing for a longer suspension of at least a year.
While it is generally accepted that Watson won’t start for the Browns in the first game of the season, he is anticipated to participate in the preseason.
Cleveland Browns’ Kareem Hunt has refused to practice for two days straightHe is in a contract standoff with the Browns and won’t practice until he gets paidRunning back has a year left on his two-year contract but wants it sorted nowBrowns are already dealing with Deshaun Watson controversy in preseason