The Cleveland Browns Sign Ex-Chief Running Back Kareem Hunt
The Cleveland Browns have signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year contract that could potentially be worth over $1M barring a suspension from the NFL.
Hunt was released from the Chiefs last season after this video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman via TMZ.
He's an explosive player who was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Chiefs, he's just 23 years old and has appeared in 27 games in his young career. He's been exceptional running the football as he's rushed for 2,151 yards on 453 attempts (4.7 average) to go along with 15 touchdowns. Hunt is also a threat catching the ball out of the backfield as he's added 79 receptions for 833 yards with 10 touchdowns.
Here's the statement from Browns General Manager John Dorsey:
“My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision making process but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him. There were two important factors: one is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse and secondly, just as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to necessary professional treatment and a plan that has been clearly laid out.”
“We fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem’s history and do not condone his actions. Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance but certainly with the understanding that he has to go through critical and essential steps to become a performing member of this organization, aside from what the NFL determines from their ongoing investigation. We fully understand that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL. Here at the Browns, there is a detailed plan with expectations laid out that he understands and must follow, because any similar incident will not be tolerated. We will support Kareem through this process and utilize our resources, however permitted, to help him become successful on and off the field as long as he continues to show the commitment necessary to represent this organization.”
Also, here's the statement made by Kareem Hunt himself:
“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be, and I’ve learned a great deal from that experience and certainly should have been more truthful about it after the fact. I’m extremely grateful that John Dorsey, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization are granting me the opportunity to earn their trust and represent their organization in the best way possible on and off the field. I am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation. I also understand the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I have to earn my way back to the NFL. I’m a work in progress as a person, but I’m committed to taking advantage of the support systems that I have in place to become the best and healthier version of myself.”
Hopefully, everything both of these men are saying publicly they really mean and follow through on it. A lot of things are easier said than done, some people can say the right things but then their actions don't reflect their words. Let's hope that's not the case in this situation.
Now, with Hunt signed the Browns can pair him with their other young stud who emerged last in Nick Chubb.
Chubb went for just under 1,000 yards last season on 192 carries and added eight rushing touchdowns. This kid has shown the potential to be explosive and now he's paired with Kareem Hunt, look out Baker's probably feeling pretty dangerous with his duet of running backs now.