And there goes his chance at rb1 statushttps://twitter.com/ScottPetrak/status/1232359541783908352
Browns GM Andrew Berry said the team will tender restricted free agent Kareem Hunt
Still a long ways to go. No word on what level the tender is. If it's original round (3rd) I don't think it's as large an obstacle and that was probably a best case scenario all along (no one was expecting them to not tender him at all). If it's a 2nd then it's tougher but still possible especially for a team that sees themselves as win-now and has some cap space (Texans, maybe Titans if they let Henry walk). If it's a 1st round tender then he is definitely in Cleveland next year.And there goes his chance at rb1 status
Do Texans even have any picks?Still a long ways to go. No word on what level the tender is. If it's original round (3rd) I don't think it's as large and obstacle. If it's 2nd then it's tougher but still possible especially for a team that sees themselves as win-now and has some cap space (Texans, maybe Titans if they let Henry walk). If it's a 1st round tender then he is definitely in Cleveland next year.
I'd add to that people keep saying they don't need or want to invest in one but they made McKinnon one of the higher paid RB's when they signed him. Then when Breida had a really solid year year in 2018 they followed that up by signing Tevin Coleman and this was only after a very credible reports, one of whom was Bell himself, that they had the second best offer on the table for him.wgoldsph said:But imagine what they could do with one with real talent
Browns RB Kareem Hunt won't be charged with marijuana possession stemming from a January incident.
Hunt was let go with a speeding ticket after being pulled over in January and admitted he would "fail an NFL drug test if one were administered to him at the time." He won't face further punishment from the arrest legally, although it's always a bit of a guessing game when predicting how commissioner Roger Goodell and company will respond. Hunt is tentatively expected to be with the Browns again in 2020, likely working as a heavily-involved backup to stud RB Nick Chubb.
SOURCE: Nate Ulrich on Twitter
Mar 2, 2020, 6:00 PM ET
Browns placed a second-round tender on restricted free agent RB Kareem Hunt.
The second-round tender lands Hunt $2.914 million this upcoming year and ensures the Browns another Day 2 selection if the organization fails to match any potential offers. The 24-year-old sapped Nick Chubb's across-the-board usage upon joining the Browns post-suspension in Week 10, finishing as the overall RB17 over the last eight games behind a fruitful 5.5 targets per outing. The two are fully expected to continue working in a timeshare yet again this upcoming year.
SOURCE: Cleveland Browns on Twitter
Mar 16, 2020, 10:59 AM ET
This seems like a formality. It doesn't rule out the chance for someone else to sign him and give up the 2nd rounder, does it?[Rapoport] #Browns RB Kareem Hunt is signing his 2nd-round tender. So he’ll be officially back
This seems like a formality. It doesn't rule out the chance for someone else to sign him and give up the 2nd rounder, does it?
Yep it 100% does. But that window is closed anyway, today is the last day teams can make offers.I believe it does
Kareem Hunt said he understands he will be the Browns' No. 2 back this season.
Instead of a bravado-filled statement about challenging Nick Chubb for No. 1 duties, Hunt said he understood what his 2020 role is going to be. "They run a lot of two backs," Hunt said of new coach Kevin Stefanski's system. "I see myself just coming in and being a 1-2 (punch). You know, Nick and I just coming in and taking over the game every week." Hunt is worthy of a three-down role in the NFL, but Chubb has emerged as one of the league's best pure running talents over the past two years. A 2020 restricted free agent — Hunt has yet to officially sign his tender — he will get a shot at free agency in 2021. One of 2020's highest-upside handcuffs, Hunt should offer standalone PPR value as a FLEX option. He caught 37 passes in eight games a season ago.
SOURCE: Profootballtalk on NBCSports.com
Jun 11, 2020, 9:26 PM ET
Browns OC Chad O'Shea said Kareem Hunt has "been involved" in some of the team's virtual passing meetings this offseason.
"There has been a lot of interaction among us, a lot of crossover, that has been really helpful," O'Shea continued. He also said there has been no decisions made on who the third receiver will be, citing both Rashard Higgins and Hunt (???) as potential candidates. 25 in August, Hunt saw 44 targets — an 88-target pace — upon joining the team from suspension in Week 10 and is expected to keep a similar role under the new regime. He remains a high-upside RB2 currently being valued as the overall RB30 in spring Best-Ball leagues.
SOURCE: Scott Petrak on Twitter
Jun 17, 2020, 3:20 PM ET
Kareem Hunt told reporters he wants to sign an extension with the Browns.
"No question" Hunt responded when asked. "I would not mind playing for Browns for long time." Currently Hunt will play the 2020 season on a $3.26 million one-year tender. There is an argument to make that Hunt and Nick Chubb form the best running back group in the NFL. Hunt played in just eight games last season due to suspension, yet he and Chubb have already discussed "thriving" in Kevin Stefanski's wide zone scheme. His future with the Browns likely depends on the monetary figure he's hoping to sign for, because in the end he ultimately is the backup.
SOURCE: Scott Petrak on Twitter
Jun 22, 2020, 12:30 PM ET
Is it surprising? I find it more surprising when everyone thinks these guys want to be the #1 everywhere they go. Some guys want to be part of a team and understand their roleWell that’s surprising. While an extremely valuable handcuff and decent stand alone value that would deflate his dynasty value quite a bit.
This was my thinking as well. What else would he say? I think this is covering his worst case scenario. Returning to Cleveland if the market is not hot for him. You have to think he wants to be the main guy again someday.I hate to say this, but he's probably just happy to have a job.
Absolutely. If he's a backup he's going to get paid like a backup. If he has the opportunity to be the main guy, he'll get paid like it.This was my thinking as well. What else would he say? I think this is covering his worst case scenario. Returning to Cleveland if the market is not hot for him. You have to think he wants to be the main guy again someday.
I believe more than the Browns will give him a shot. Especially with him staying clean in 2019.
This was my thinking as well. What else would he say? I think this is covering his worst case scenario. Returning to Cleveland if the market is not hot for him. You have to think he wants to be the main guy again someday.
No doubt about the points made in either of these quotes. Sounds like player speak and saying all the right things.Gotta be careful with blurbs, "wants" to sign an extension seems like a stretch for a headline. He was asked if he'd like to sign a long-term deal to stay after spending a bunch of time talking about how he was blessed that the Browns took another chance on him and he's lucky to be playing football again.
"No question. I would definitely like to be a part of something like this," he said. "Everybody is here I care about. I know everybody in the whole town. I would not mind playing for the Browns for a long time."
Sounds like the normal, non-committal "say all the right things" player-speak we hear from most guys. He also talked about how he hopes he can get more opportunities to show what he can do on the field, as well as how much it hurts that he screwed up and he could have been playing in the super bowl this year.