CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns and running back Kareem Hunt have agreed to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday, securing the Northeast Ohio native for the next three seasons.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reports the extension is worth $13.25 million, sources said.
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
“Kareem Hunt is a core component of our offense. He has been a great teammate, outstanding worker, and steadfast in his desire to have success in his hometown for the long term,” said Browns General Manager Andrew Berry. “Personal growth is oftentimes non-linear but Kareem has remained committed to becoming the best version of himself and we are proud of the redemptive strides he has taken. He understands the opportunity he has in front of him—provided he maintains his current personal trajectory—and we look forward to the contributions he will continue to make to our team.”
Following the news, Hunt posted a letter to his fans on Instagram, with a caption “For The Land #Stayinghome."
Despite playing just eight games in 2019, Hunt finished second on the Browns in rushing yards and third in receptions.
Cleveland took a chance when it signed Hunt last year after he had been suspended by the league for two violent off-field altercations, one in which he allegedly shoved and kicked a woman while he played for Kansas City.
Hunt, who is from the Cleveland area, led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with the Chiefs in 2017 when he gained 1,327 yards.
He played high school football at Willoughby South.