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Kareem Hunt signs second-round tender

Running back will be back with Browns after not receiving an offer from another team.

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Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt signed his second-round tender on Friday.

The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:

The Browns placed a second-round tender on Hunt in March, meaning that if Hunt signed with another team the Browns would receive a second-round draft pick if they did not match the offer. No offer materialized, however, so Hunt signed his deal ahead of Friday’s league-imposed deadline.

The second-round tender is estimated to be worth about $3.28 million, which is a savings of about $1.4 million in cap space compared to what a first-round tender would have cost the team.

Hunt missed the first eight games of the 2019 season while serving an NFL-mandated suspension. While he was not the same explosive player as during his first two seasons in Kansas City, Hunt still finished last season averaging 4.2 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per reception, while scoring three touchdowns.

If the Browns and Hunt do not work out a longterm contract, Hunt will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season.