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Kareem Hunt wants to finish his NFL career with Browns

Kareem Hunt, Browns

Running back Kareem Hunt will be a free agent in 2020. However, there is only one destination he wants. It’s his current one, the Cleveland Browns.

Hunt, an Elyria, Ohio native, grew up watching the Browns and considers Cleveland his hometown. It’s where he wants to be for the long haul.

“Ain’t no place like home, and this is home for me, so I’d love to be in my hometown playing for a long time, maybe finish my career,’’ Hunt said Friday, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “That would be something special. You never know. I’m just excited to do whatever it takes. They’re going to get a ballplayer.”

In seven games since returning from his eight-game suspension, Hunt has 74 touches for 428 yards and three touchdowns. He has done so running behind the NFL’s leading rusher, Nick Chubb.

“I feel like I’m a difference-maker on the field,’’ Hunt said. “I feel like I could’ve helped win a couple more games and that’s how I feel personally.’’

Hunt signed with the Browns in the offseason after the Kansas City Chiefs released him late in the 2018 campaign. They did so after a videotape of him physically assaulting a woman and kicking her on the ground surface from February of 2018. The NFL suspended him. He was not signed until after the conclusion of the season.

Hunt led the NFL in rushing yards in his rookie year (2017), as he tallied 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. He earned a Pro Bowl nod for his inaugural year performance.

The Browns are in an in-between position given their coaching situation and the way their offensive talent has been evaluated. Kareem Hunt didn’t take an in-between stance in terms of where he wants to play professional football.