The Cleveland Browns are a team that many people are keeping an eye on ahead of the 2022 NFL trade deadline. They are currently 2-5 on the season, but they have played closer to the level of a .500 team, which is all they could have hoped for with Jacoby Brissett taking over as the starting quarterback until Deshaun Watson’s suspension was over.
Currently, on a four-game losing streak heading into a huge game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Browns are just as likely to be buyers as they are sellers before the November 1st deadline. Four of their five losses have come by three points or fewer, so it would be easy for ownership and the front office to talk themselves into being buyers.
Regardless of what side Cleveland ultimately falls on, one player that could be on the move is running back Kareem Hunt. Hunt requested a trade from the team before the regular season began, but Cleveland had no interest in moving the 1B to their running back game plan behind Nick Chubb.
But, they may have changed their minds. A price has now been set for what they are looking for in return for Hunt, which means they could very well be in active negotiations with teams. A fourth-round pick is reportedly what the Browns are looking for.
That is a fair asking price for Cleveland to have. Hunt is an excellent pass-catching back but he has also proven that he is more than capable of handling an every-down role should the need arise. Teams looking to shore up their running back position for the stretch run of the season should be very interested in Hunt.
Monetarily it also makes sense as Hunt is heading into free agency in 2023. That is likely why the Browns won’t get more for him, as no team is going to surrender first or second-day picks for a player that could walk in free agency in a few months.
Seemingly with no plans on keeping Hunt beyond this season, as they likely wouldn’t be able to afford him, getting any draft compensation for him would be a win for the Browns. They also have a capable running back in D’Ernest Johnson that they can slide into his role in the offense.