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Kareem Hunt wants to sign extension with Browns

Kareem Hunt’s stay with the Browns has been a brief one thus far, but he would like to stick around in Cleveland for the long run.

Speaking with reporters on Monday, the Browns running back said that there was “no question” he would like to sign an extension with the team, per Scott Petrak of The Chronicle-Telegram.

“I would not mind playing for Browns for [a] long time,” Hunt added.

The 24-year-old ex-Pro Bowler logged 464 yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns in eight games for the Browns last year. He was suspended for the other eight games as a result of the 2018 incident where he assaulted a woman at a hotel, leading to his release from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Hunt signed his one-year, $3.3 million restricted tender from the Browns this offseason and will be a free agent after the 2020 season as it currently stands. Reasons to be skeptical about Hunt still exist, but he could play himself into a favorable new deal with a strong performance next season.

No restricted free agents receive offers during NFL free agency

Every restricted free agent in the NFL is staying put, and not only that, but none of them even had the possibility of going elsewhere.

The deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets passed Friday, and according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, no offer sheets were even put forward by teams this year.

Part of this may be down to uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, but top restricted free agents also had pretty hefty tenders this year. In the end, everyone stays put, ending a very quiet restricted free agent period with no movement to speak of.

Kareem Hunt admitted he’d fail drug test, had vodka in car during traffic stop video

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt was issued a citation for a traffic stop in Ohio last week, and it sounds like the officer who pulled Hunt over could have caused a lot more problems for the Cleveland Browns running back.

A report from the incident stated that small amounts of marijuana were found in multiple locations in Hunt’s vehicle, though he claimed they were not his. In a lengthy video from the stop that was released by the Rocky River Police Department on Monday, the officer can be heard asking Hunt about an open vodka bottle he had in a backpack in the back seat. While Hunt wasn’t cited for that, the officer explained that he could have issued him a ticket for it.

Hunt admitted to the officer that he would be drug tested by the NFL if he were issued a citation for possession of marijuana, and he said he would likely fail the test.

“It’s the offseason,” Hunt said. “Sorry, I was having a good time.”

The officer told Hunt he is “one of the hugest Browns fans” and talked to him about football, and it certainly seems like Hunt is fortunate the officer cut him a break. He could have been issued multiple citations and possibly even arrested.

While Hunt isn’t going to face any additional legal trouble, the video could be bad news for him. The NFL can take disciplinary action against him even though the officer was lenient. Hunt was suspended for the first half of the 2019 season after he was seen on video shoving and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February 2018, so he was expected to avoid even the most minor slip-ups after being reinstated. Driving around with traces of marijuana and an open container of alcohol in your car is not a great look.

Kareem Hunt pulled over for speeding; marijuana found in car

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt has to watch his step very carefully given his history of off-field trouble. At the very least, it sounds like the Cleveland Browns running back failed to do that when he was pulled over for speeding this week.

Hunt was stopped by a police officer in Rocky River, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon, and a report from the incident stated that “small amounts of marijuana” were found in multiple locations in the vehicle. Hunt was issued a citation for a traffic violation but not the marijuana.

Considering Hunt wasn’t arrested or even cited for the marijuana, the traffic stop sounds like a very minor deal. However, it will create more negative headlines for a player whose career has nearly been derailed by them.

Hunt was suspended for the first half of the 2019 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The 24-year-old was seen on video shoving and a kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February 2018. He was with the Kansas City Chiefs at the time, who promptly released him.

The Browns say they are aware of the latest incident involving Hunt. It seems unlikely that the traffic stop will result in any disciplinary action, but the team probably will not be thrilled.

Kareem Hunt accuses some Browns teammates of taking plays off

Kareem Hunt

The Cleveland Browns’ once-promising season continues to collapse into a mess of finger-pointing and discontent.

The latest shot comes from running back Kareem Hunt, who accused some unnamed teammates of not giving their full effort on every play in Sunday’s 38-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“Yeah, I feel like there were some plays that everybody didn’t leave their 110% out there the whole play through the whole play, through the whole whistle,” Hunt said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “And we’ve all got to do that if we want to be successful.”

Hunt added that he felt some of his teammates took entire plays off.

“I mean, yeah, I guess so but it’s everybody,” Hunt said. “You can’t point out one person or nothing like that. It’s everybody, and everybody got to do their job.”

The recrimination of a performance that saw the Browns get torched for 445 total yards is likely to continue. The worst story to come out of it was multiple players essentially asking the Cardinals to acquire them after the loss, suggesting that things are going very badly in Cleveland as their lost season moves toward its conclusion.

Freddie Kitchens promises to find Kareem Hunt role in Browns’ offense

Kareem Hunt

The Cleveland Browns will have Kareem Hunt in the fold for the first time this week as his eight-game suspension ends. How they’ll work him into the offense is unclear, but coach Freddie Kitchens promised to do just that.

Kitchens said Hunt will “definitely” have a part to play in the offense despite the Cleveland running game being dominated by Nick Chubb right now.

Hunt ran for 1,327 yards as a rookie. The talent is there. He also hasn’t played all year, and the Browns have no real reason to displace Chubb, who’s on pace to blow past 1,000 yards with ease. This would be a challenge for any coach to manage, but given some of the decisions Kitchens has made this season, there might be some worry about whether he can find a solution that suits everyone.

Kareem Hunt cleared to begin practicing with Browns

Kareem Hunt

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt isn’t eligible to take the field until Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills, but as of Monday morning, the league has permitted him to resume practicing with his teammates.

Hunt, who is recovering from an offseason sports hernia surgery, still has two games remaining on his eight-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after he was caught on video shoving and a kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February of 2018. At the time, Hunt was still a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I want to again apologize for my actions last year. I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them,” Hunt said in a statement after being released by the Chiefs. “I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner [Roger] Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process.

“My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this community through my actions will continue, and I understand there is a lot of hard work ahead of me before I’m able to fully return to playing the game I love.”

Hunt, 24, is entering his third season in the NFL. Prior to his suspension, he had gained 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns on 453 carries (4.7 ypc), adding an additional 833 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield.

Kareem Hunt questioned by police after alleged bar altercation

Kareem Hunt

Suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt was seen being questioned by police after an alleged altercation at a Cleveland bar.

Video obtained by TMZ shows Hunt speaking with cops after an alleged incident at the Barley House. Hunt was not arrested or detained and left the scene without incident.

A witness told TMZ that Hunt was involved in a physical altercation with another man, but it was unclear to them whether it was a legitimate fight or a joke. Barley House owner Bobby George told Andrew Horansky of WKYC that it was a “small argument” that has been blown out of proportion.

It does not sound like anything significant happened, but it’s worth watching as Hunt is serving a suspension for a physical altercation with a woman. Hopefully for him this wasn’t anything major.

Freddie Kitchens figures he confused Kareem Hunt by attending his baptism

Freddie Kitchens Browns

Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey and coach Freddie Kitchens showed solidarity toward running back Kareem Hunt by attending his baptism over the weekend, and Kitchens figures it was to his confusion.

The Browns coach offered up a funny quote about what he assumes Hunt’s reaction would have been — one of befuddlement.

Clearly, it was meant as a surprise. It’s also another sign of the Browns’ commitment to Hunt. The team has given him a second chance after his suspension and release from Kansas City, and the team’s braintrust are clearly willing to publicly show that they’re with him — even unexpectedly so.

Kareem Hunt confident he will not ‘mess up’ second chance

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt is quite confident that the Cleveland Browns won’t regret giving him a second chance.

Hunt, released by the Kansas City Chiefs over video that showed him shoving and kicking a woman, has the support of Browns coach Freddie Kitchens, and made clear Wednesday that he does not intend to let Cleveland down.

Hunt will have to wait half a season to prove himself. His return will prove controversial, but the Browns have decided, for better or worse, that Hunt is worth the risk.