According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Cleveland Browns are giving Kareem Hunt a two-year, $13.25 million extension. This will keep Hunt in Cleveland for three seasons. Hunt signed a one year deal with the Browns this offseason worth $3.3 million.
The #Browns are giving RB Kareem Hunt a 2-year, $13.25M extension, source said. Cleveland keeps him for 3 years, Hunt gets paid.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2020
The Browns took a chance on Hunt after being released following a video of him where he got into an altercation with a woman. John Dorsey was the Browns general manager at the time, but was the Kansas City Chiefs’ general manager that originally drafted Hunt in the third round 86th overall in 2017.
Hunt emerged as a star early in his rookie season. In his first game, he had 246 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns against the New England Patriots. He ended up leading the league in rushing that season as well with 1,327 yards. The following season Hunt was the leagues leading rusher after 11 weeks with 824 yards before he was released.
After serving an eight-game suspension last season, Hunt emerged as an offensive weapon for the Browns. He managed that even while sharing a backfield with Nick Chubb. He finished the year with 464 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns. This season under new head coach Kevin Stefanski Hunt is expected to have an expanded role that may even see him getting reps as a slot receiver.
Hunt will be making $6.625 million per year during his new extension which is fair considering he is not in full command of the backfield. He will make the 10th most on average per year among running backs between Saquon Barkley (rookie deal) and Austin Ekeler (four-year $24.5 million extension this offseason).