The Cleveland Browns have one of the best running back duo’s in the NFL with Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. But that may be in jeopardy after Hunt requested a trade from the organization.
The running back has not been participating in team drills as he waits for a new contract. Things got even more tumultuous between both sides on Sunday when the Browns “privately declined” his trade request.
Hunt’s situation with the Browns clearly impacts Chubb both on and off the field. He made it very clear on Monday that he wants Hunt to stay with the organization.
“I think it’s really important,” said Chubb on Hunt’s impact on the Browns. “He’s my best friend, on and off the field. He is a great person to be around, and I couldn’t imagine playing without him. I want him to be here, whatever they got to do to keep him here. I want to play with Kareem.”
“He’s my best friend, on and off the field.”
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) August 8, 2022
Many would think that Chubb may welcome the idea of the team parting ways with Hunt so that he could potentially get even more playing time, but his comments clearly show the close nature of the relationship between the two.
He showed the capability to be a full-time starter during his first season in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs where he rushed for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in the 2018 season. A trade could potentially allow him to be a full-time starter once again.
Hunt doesn’t exactly have all that much leverage considering his contract situation, so it remains to be seen when or if this contentious situation with Cleveland comes to a resolution.