Rapoport reports the deal is more than the minimum and after next season, he’ll be a restricted free agent. The goal was to sign Hunt before the investigation into his misconduct concludes, according to Rapoport. Hunt returns to the exempt list with the Browns.
The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt last December after a video surfaced that showed him shoving and kicking a woman in February 2018 at his residence in Cleveland. He was not arrested or charged due to the incident. A video also surfaced of him punching a man in June 2018.
Shortly after the video surfaced, the NFL placed Hunt on the commissioner’s exempt list. He is not eligible to play until the NFL completes its investigation and a decision on potential discipline is made.
The Browns and Hunt released statements on his signing:
Hunt led the NFL in rushing during his rookie season in 2017 with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 53 receptions for 455 yards and three receiving touchdowns. Last season, he rushed for 824 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games. He also had seven receiving touchdowns before he was released.
Cleveland has plenty of depth at running back as rookie Nick Chubb, who they selected in the second round in last year’s draft, rushed for 996 yards in nine starts as a rookie last season. Duke Johnson, who is the team’s change-of-pace-back, signed a three-year $15.6 million contract with the team last June.