Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt missed nine games in 2021 with calf and ankle injuries, but said on Wednesday that he is fully healthy en route to training camp.
“I’m good, I’m 100%. I have some time to heal this off-season and get back on track,” Hunt said during his youth soccer camp, via Cleveland.com’s Ashley Bastock. “So the body feels good, nothing bothers me.”
In eight games, Hunt rushed for 386 yards and five TDs on 78 runs. When he’s healthy, he and Nick Chubb make up one of the best backfields in the NFL. The Browns are 13-6 in the Kevin Stefanski era (last two seasons) when both Chubb and Hunt have played (6-8 when one or both have not played).
“It’s hard because I’m not used to sitting at home and watching some games on the couch and stuff like that,” Hunt said. “So it was kind of weird. I don’t like that feeling, not being able to go out and help the team, so it was really tough.”
Hunt is entering the final year of his contract worth up to $6.25 million with $3.4 million in roster bonuses per game. The running back reiterated on Wednesday that he would like a chance to finish his career with his home team.
“I hope I get paid,” Hunt said. “So you know, whatever they decide, they know I’ll come forward and give it my all, and I’ll do everything I can to help the team win.
“We’re definitely trying to get there. So I’ll see in the next few weeks.”
If a new contract is not signed before the season, a healthy season for Hunt could be his best chance to prove he deserves another deal before being given a free hand in 2023.