Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt has inked a deal with the Cleveland Browns, after being linked to the Eagles for the last few months.
The wait is over for former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who spent a few months unemployed after being released by Kansas City. Around this time last year, Kareem Hunt found himself in some trouble with the law, after being caught on camera involved in a domestic violence incident. Although he spent a majority of the 2018 season on a roster and playing without suspension, it wasn’t until the surveillance footage was released via TMZ when the Chiefs decided to cut ties with the second-year veteran running back.
Hunt had an incredible start to his NFL career on the field with the Chiefs. During his first 27 games in the league, Hunt accounted for 2,121 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. He was also a force in the passing game as he caught 79 passes for 833 yards and ten touchdowns as well. Known as one of the better dual-threat running backs in the game, it was a bit shocking when the 23-year-old rusher wasn’t claimed on the waiver wire after being released.
Even though Hunt didn’t get claimed immediately, nobody was under the impression that Hunt has played his final snap in the NFL. It was only a matter of time before he found the next team that would be willing to give him a second chance. While many believed that it would be the Philadelphia Eagles to do so, it turns out that Hunt will get his second chance with the Cleveland Browns for the 2019 NFL season.
The signing is official
According to NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the deal is official. Apparently, Hunt has landed a short-term, one year deal with the Browns. While it’s not shocking that Hunt got a second chance, it was a bit surprising to see him land with the Browns. Being that Cleveland already has a young running back who showed tons of upside last season, it didn’t seem like they were in the market for another three-down back. Maybe Cleveland believes that Hunt or perhaps even Nick Chubb could have some substantial value in the trade market. Who knows.
At this point though, this signing will put all Hunt to Philly rumors to rest. While the Eagles are going to be in the market for a new running back, it seemed doubtful that they would go after Hunt, given that they have avoided players with off-field controversies on several occasions at this point, excluding Michael Bennett. Now, what’s next for the Philadelphia offseason rumors? Are we going to fire up the Le’Veon Bell talks once again? Stay tuned.