Browns put second-round tender on RB Kareem Hunt

Safety Morgan Burnett released, exclusive rights free agents tendered

Daryl Ruiter
March 16, 2020 - 11:58 am

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns placed a second-round tender on running back Kareem Hunt Monday morning, one of several moves made by the team before the start of the free agency negotiating window.

In eight games last year, Hunt ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns and added 37 receptions for 285 yards and one touchdown after serving an eight-game suspension for off field conduct.

In January Hunt was pulled over for Rocky River police and cited for speeding. An officer found an open bottle of liquor and small amounts of marijuana. Hunt admitted to the officer he would fail an NFL drug test if he were to be administered one.

The new collective bargaining agreement ratified over the weekend no longer allows for suspensions for marijuana usage.

Safety Morgan Burnett, who started eight games in 2019, was released.

Burnett totaled 41 tackles, two sacks, one interception and two passes defensed before suffering an Achilles injury and was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 19.

The Browns also tendered exclusive rights free agents tight end Pharaoh Brown, running back Dontrell Hilliard and receiver KhaDarel Hodge.

Brown started six of his nine games and had two receptions for 27 yards.

Hilliard led the Browns in kickoff (421) and punt (107) return yards. He rushed for 49 yards with two touchdowns and caught 12 passes for 92 yards.

Hodge appeared in all 16 games and led the team with 13 special teams tackles. He added four receptions for 76 yards.