Browns have decisions to make with Nov. 1 trade deadline looming | Jeff Schudel

Oct. 29—The Browns have a decision to make, and not much more time to make it with the NFL trade deadline of 4 p.m. Nov. 1 looming.

Do they hold on to running back Kareem Hunt or do they trade him? What could they get in return if they decide to break up what is supposedly the best running back tandem in the league? We say supposedly, because it doesn't matter how good Nick Chubb and Hunt can be if Hunt is used as infrequently as he was the last two games. He carried the ball four times for 12 yards and didn't catch a pass in the 38-15 loss to the Patriots on Oct. 16. He carried the ball four times for five yards and caught one pass for four yards in the 23-20 loss to the Ravens on Oct. 23.

Numerous reports have the Browns being willing to take a fourth-round draft pick for Hunt. It seems like a low return for a player with Hunt's talent, but draft pick compensation rarely equals the value of the player being dealt. That's why Joe Banner being able to wrangle a 2014 first-round pick from the Colts for running back Trent Richardson two games into 2013 remains one of the most stunning trades the Browns have made since 1999.

Cornerback Greedy Williams has also been mentioned as a trade chip for the Browns.

"I think that's the time of year you're in," Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said. "Things get put out on social media, I'm sure, but we don't pay much attention to it."

Buffalo and Philadelphia are possible trade destinations for Hunt.

The Jets needed a running back after Breece Hall suffered a torn ACL on Oct. 23. One day after Hall was injured, they traded a conditional sixth-round pick to the Jaguars for James Robinson. It becomes a fifth-round choice if Robinson rushes for 600 total yards this season. Robinson started five games for the Jaguars and rushed for 340 yards and three touchdowns.

The Browns have enough depth at running back to absorb trading Hunt. D'Ernest Johnson has yet to carry the ball this season. He rushed 100 times for 534 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Rookie Jerome Ford will miss his fourth game on injured reserve (sprained ankle) when the Browns host the Bengals on Oct. 31 in a "Monday Night Football" national telecast. Ford should be ready to play when the Browns return from their Nov. 6 bye to play the Dolphins in Miami on Nov. 13, Stefanski said.

"Kareem is a good friend of mine," Chubb said. "He's a great teammate. Great to play with, so who knows what happens? I love playing with Kareem."

Chubb would miss playing with Hunt. But if the Browns have no plans to re-sign the former Willoughby South High star it makes sense to recoup something in a trade — especially if they lose to the Bengals to fall to 2-6. They would be three games behind Cincinnati and Baltimore in the AFC North and would have to beat each team in the rematches to have a chance of winning tiebreakers with them.

—Charley Hughlett has been rock-solid as the Browns' long snapper since 2015, and on Oct. 28 they awarded him with a four-year contract extension through 2026. He has survived four head coaches — Mike Pettine, Hue Jackson, Freddie Kitchens and now Stefanski.

Rookie Cade York is the seventh kicker Hughlett has worked with in his time with the Browns. Travis Coons, Cody Parkey, Zane Gonzalez, Greg Joseph, Austin Siebert and Chase McLaughlin preceded York.

Punter and holder Corey Bojorquez is also new to the Browns this season.

"Charley has a great temperament, and he'll do whatever he can do to help them get better," special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said. "That's the most impressive thing about Charley — he's so unselfish. He wants Cade to do well, and he wants Corey to do well. He's always looking to make sure he gives the best play to the holder, the kicker and the punter that he can make."

Hughlett has played 120 games with the Browns.

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