The length of Kareem Hunt's looming suspension from the NFL is not yet known, but the amount of money the polarizing Browns running back will be docked for each game he misses was revealed Wednesday.

ESPN reported the one-year contract Hunt signed Monday contains a base salary of $645,000, a per-game roster bonus of $25,000 and an offseason workout bonus of $55,000. There is no guaranteed money.

The deal is worth a maximum of $1.1 million, but Hunt won't make that much because he'll lose $62,941 for each game he misses while suspended.

The $62,941 is derived from adding one-seventeenth of Hunt's base salary ($37,941) to his per-game roster bonus ($25,000).

The NFL is investigating Hunt's involvement in three off-field incidents, according to ESPN, and Browns General Manager John Dorsey said Monday he anticipates the league will announce a suspension in "a couple weeks."

Of course, there is a well-known surveillance video of the February 2018 incident for which Hunt has become notorious. The Kansas City Chiefs cut Hunt on Nov. 30 after TMZ.com released security footage that shows him shoving and kicking a woman outside his apartment in a hallway of the Metropolitan at The 9 in downtown Cleveland.

Hunt also has reportedly been accused of getting into physical altercations with men in June at the Bay Lodging Resort in Put-in-Bay and in January 2018 at a nightclub in Kansas City.

He has not been charged in connection with any of those incidents.

Dorsey said he doesn't know how many games Hunt will be suspended or whether the NFL will count the five regular-season games he missed last year after the Chiefs cut him toward the impending punishment.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said this week on his podcast he "would guess" the NFL will suspend Hunt for "10, 12 games, somewhere in that vicinity."

If Hunt is on the active roster for at least six games this year, he'll earn an accrued season and be eligible for restricted free agency in March 2020. If he's on the active roster in 2019 but falls short of the six-game threshold, he'll be an exclusive rights free agent next year. Either way, the Browns will control the rights to Hunt in 2020.

Challenges await

Dorsey said Hunt is on a zero-tolerance policy with the Browns, and the GM was asked multiple times about the obstacles the Willoughby South High School graduate could face now that he's back home in Northeast Ohio.

Here's why those questions are pertinent:

Hunt's family, as outlined by USA Today in December, has an extensive criminal history.

His father, who's also named Kareem Hunt, has been arrested more than 35 times in Northeast Ohio, including on multiple domestic violence charges, and has been sentenced to a combined nine years in prison on nine felony convictions, most of which were for drug-related offenses. He was arrested last month in Elyria after a probe into drug trafficking and admitted to selling crack cocaine and marijuana.

His mother, Stephanie Riggins, was arrested in 2014 on charges of cocaine possession and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

His older brother, Clarence Riggins, was sentenced to more than two years in prison after a 2014 conviction for criminal trespass.

His stepfather, Deltrin Kimbro, was sentenced in 2004 to eight years in prison for drug trafficking and related offenses.

USA Today also named three cousins and an uncle who are serving or have served prison sentences and reported four more cousins and another uncle have pleaded guilty to felony offenses, mostly related to drugs.

Not to mention Hunt is a controversial figure because of the disturbing behavior he exhibited in, of all places, Cleveland that was caught on camera a year ago.

"You don’t take things like that lightly, and you have discussions," Dorsey said. "You talk through these things. You just talk through them, and then you have to understand the family dynamics of his situation.

"And then you have to understand who the circle of friends are and where that circle of friends will be now that he’s going to begin to earn the trust of everybody within this organization and everybody within this community. Again, it’s through your actions you’ll earn the trust. Now we’ll see."

Blowing up deal

The family business of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Pilot Flying J, is ending a seven-figure-per-year advertising and sponsorship agreement with ESPN two years into a four-year deal as a result of an ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine story, Sports Business Daily reported.

The story, published online Jan. 24 and written by Seth Wickersham, detailed the dysfunction of the Browns since Jimmy and Dee Haslam bought the team in 2012.

Jimmy Haslam is the CEO of Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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