Kareem Hunt and the Cleveland Browns have agreed to a two-year, $13.25million contract extension on Tuesday, keeping the running back tied to the franchise through the 2022 season.
The deal includes $8.5m in guaranteed money, according to ESPN.
Hunt has played eight games for the Browns since they signed him last year, following his release from the Kansas City Chiefs.
The NFL suspended Hunt for the first eight games of 2019 after an altercation - in which Hunt appeared to shove and kick a woman outside a hotel elevator – was captured by security tape and leaked to the public.
Drafted by the Chiefs in the third round out of Toledo, Hunt was an immediate star in 2017, piling up 1,327 rushing yards, 455 receiving yards and scoring 11 total touchdowns.
Hunt scored 14 touchdowns in 11 games in 2018 before his off-field violence was made public, landing him on the Commissioner’s Exempt List before he was released.
The 25-year-old Hunt has repeatedly thanked Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam – as well as the front office and coaching staff – for signing him and giving him a second chance in the NFL.
After returning from his suspension last season, Hunt rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns in a limited role.
His new contract, however, indicates the Browns may have a larger role in mind for Hunt, despite the early success of third-year running back Nick Chubb.
It will be the task of new head coach Kevin Stefanski and his staff to find the best workload and usage for the two running backs, undoubtedly one of the best backfield duos in the league.
Cleveland are trying to bounce back from a 6-10 campaign last year that failed to live up to lofty preseason expectations. The Browns have not won a division title since 1989 are without a playoff appearance since 2002.