The punishment is in the contract

Now that Kareem Hunt has signed a one-year contract with the Browns, Hunt again will be placed on the commissioner's exempt list. 

While he is on that list, Hunt cannot practice or be with the team.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had this to say about the case during Super Bowl week: "Kareem Hunt, I think, everyone knows that he's under investigation. He is a free agent. If he is signed by a club, the clubs understand that he will go on the commissioner's exempt list at that point in time until the discipline process has concluded -- whether there is discipline or not discipline, when we finish the investigation and make a determination. There has been a tremendous amount of progress in that investigation."

He cannot participate in offseason workouts, practices or preseason games until a final decision on a suspension is made. At that point, Hunt comes off the exempt list, and his discipline begins the first game of the season

Here is his contract details: 

If he is suspended, it would take effect the first game of the 2019 season. 

His punishment would begin Week 1 and last the number of games of the suspension.

He signed a one-year deal, which means if he gains an accrued season in 2019, he will be a restricted free agent after the season. If that happens, the Browns would be able to match any offers received from another team, essentially locking him up for two years. 

Let's see how it plays out. 

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