Browns back from bye, Kareem Hunt all business after not being traded – The News-Herald

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The Browns returned from their bye to a light practice on Nov. 7, and standing in front of his dressing stall near the locker room doorway was Kareem Hunt — refreshed from the time off but still the backup to Nick Chubb because Hunt wasn’t sent to another team at the Nov. 1 trade deadline.
Hunt has been disappointed too often to show disappointment on his face or in his words any longer. During training camp, he sat out two mandatory practices in protest of not getting a contract extension. That brief storm passed without him getting a new deal, and, obviously, without him being traded.
“Was I hoping (for a trade)?,” Hunt said Nov. 7, answering a question by repeating the question. “I was down for whatever. I’m a football player. I know it’s a possibility for anything to happen. I’m just here to work.”
Nine games remain in the regular season for the 3-5 Browns, starting Nov. 13 in a road game with the Miami Dolphins. The Browns play the Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Nov. 20 and then host the Buccaneers on Nov. 27 before the Deshaun Watson era begins Dec. 4 in Houston in a game with the Texans.
Right guard Wyatt Teller is hopeful of playing against the Dolphins on Sunday after missing two games with a calf injury. #Browns
— Jeff Schudel (@jsproinsider) November 7, 2022

Hunt had one of his best games of the season, and so did the Browns as a team, when they beat the Bengals, 32-13, on Halloween night. The game ended about 17 hours before the 4 p.m. Nov. 1 trade deadline.
Right guard Wyatt Teller missed the game with the Bengals because of a calf injury that also kept him out of the game in Baltimore on Oct. 23. He returned to practice on Nov. 7, as did cornerback Denzel Ward, who missed three straight games with a concussion. Running back Jerome Ford (ankle) and defensive end Chase Winovich (hamstring) on Nov. 7 were designated to return from injured reserve.
Coach Kevin Stefanski gives a #Browns update after the bye.
— Jeff Schudel (@jsproinsider) November 7, 2022

Whether any of the four will be ready when the Browns play the Dolphins will be determined as the week goes on. What is clear, though, is general manager Andrew Berry determined Hunt is more valuable to the current Browns than a mid-round draft pick might be to their future.
“Kareem has been excellent every day that he has been in the building since August,” Berry said Nov. 2 during a bye week news conference. “I think you all know how passionate he is, how much he cares about this team and how much he cares about this city.
“We know he’s going to have a really strong second half and are looking forward to him helping us continue to win games, like he did on Monday night.”
Hunt carried the ball 11 times for 42 yards and caught four passes for 30 yards against the Bengals. He had a combined 12 touches in the two previous games. Both were losses.
“Definitely, it was mixed emotions,” Hunt said about his mindset before the game with the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. “I love Cleveland. I’m from the city of Cleveland. It could’ve been my last game in Cleveland, but look, (I’m) here. I’m grateful to be able to play the game of football and that’s all I have …. Just taking it all in.”
Chubb is signed through 2024. He leads the NFL with 10 rushing touchdowns. His 841 rushing yards are second to the 870 posted by Derrick Henry of the Titans. Both have played eight games, but Henry has 183 carries compared to 149 for Chubb.
Hunt could be the featured back on many teams — but not with the Browns with Chubb ahead of him for at least two more years.
Chubb is making $1,213,059 in base salary this season. He is scheduled to make $10.85 million next season and $11,775,000 in 2024.
Hunt and Chubb are good friends. That won’t change if Hunt is wearing a different uniform next season.
“I just want opportunities to be able to make plays and play the game I love,” Hunt said. “I feel I can help this team or any team in the NFL win. It doesn’t really matter to me.”
“No preferences?” he was asked.
“No preferences,” he answered.
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