BEREA, Ohio — Kareem Hunter is in training camp for the Cleveland Browns. However, Hunter has not participated in team training for the past two days as he tries to get a new contract from the team, A league source confirmed the news to the Akron Beacon Journal.
CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson was the first to report on the controversy.
The team could fine Hunter for his actions. According to Spotrac, he plans to receive a base salary of $1.35 million and a roster bonus of $4.9 million.
Hunter is on the final year of a two-year, $13.25 million extension he signed in 2020. Speaking during a youth camp in his hometown of Willoughby, Ohio, in June, he said he wanted to sign a new contract to stay in Cleveland.
“I hope I get paid,” Hunter said at the time. “So you know, no matter what decision they make, they know I’m going to come out and give my all and I’m going to do everything I can to help the team win.”
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Hunter is coming off an injury-plagued 2021 season that saw him miss nine games. That included a calf injury in the Oct. 17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals that cost him five games, and then an ankle injury in the Dec. 12 win over the Baltimore Ravens — plus a game against COVID-19 — cost him four games in the final year.
Whether in the offseason or in the first week of training camp, those injuries didn’t seem to slow Hunt down. While he hasn’t spoken to the media since training camp began, he said in June that he felt fine.
“I’m fine, I’m 100 percent,” Hunter said at the time. “I’ve had some time this offseason to heal and recover from it. So the body feels good, nothing bothers me.”
Hunter ran for 386 yards (4.9 yards average) and 78 passing for 5 touchdowns and 174 yards on 22 catches a year ago. Since the Browns signed him prior to the 2019 season, he’s rushing for 1,406 yards and 13 touchdowns on 319 attempts, plus 97 catches for 763 yards and six touchdowns.
A former NFL rushing leader in 2017, Hunter was released by the Kansas City Chiefs for his involvement in two off-court altercations that included a videotape seeing him shoving and kicking a woman. Because of that incident, he was suspended for his first eight games with the Browns.
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