The Browns initially denied this trade request during training camp, but hours before the trade deadline (November 1), the team has changed its course.
What The Browns Want
Though Hunt is a fan-favorite and native Ohioan, some thought the team should have granted his initial request.
He is in the last year of his contract and seems doomed to be lost to free agency in 2023 as the Browns depth chart is crowded with running backs.
The team can get some trade capital in exchange, most likely a fourth-round pick as Schefter reports.
Browns are willing to grant Kareem Hunt’s trade request:https://t.co/VtyLeyu13o
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2022
What Hunt Is Saying
Hunt’s demeanor on Saturday seemed a little subdued compared to his usual outgoing self.
He loves the Browns and being teammates with Nick Chubb so this is a bittersweet moment for him.
Hunt indicated he wanted to play football and win.
He is not doing a lot of either right now with the Browns, and the moment he is added to a new team, he makes their offense exponentially better.
#Browns RB Kareem Hunt said he’s not heard anything re: potential trade. Said would have mixed emotions if Mon. is his last game here. He’s bothered by losing & lack of touches fine if they were winning but they’re not. If he’s moved, that team is “getting a hell of a player”
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) October 29, 2022
A Probable Event Now Seems Imminent
Some NFL analysts originally thought Hunt would be traded if the Browns lost the Week 8 Monday Night Football game to Cincinnati on 10/31.
It now looks like he will be traded regardless of the result, and there is a possibility he could be traded before the game.
Kareem Hunt finds his way back into the end zone! pic.twitter.com/hAAQY9cL1e
— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) October 23, 2022
The trade deadline is Tuesday, November 1 so we will know soon what will happen.