The Cleveland Browns have signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal that could be worth more than $1 million, according to reports.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport broke down some of the details on Monday.
The #Browns signed RB Kareem Hunt to a 1-year deal that could be worth more than $1M not factoring in the suspension, source said. More than the minimum. After this year, he’ll be an RFA.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 11, 2019
To get the type of production Hunt can give you from the running back position for that low of a price makes this a very nice signing for the Browns.
The 5-11, 216-pound back appeared in 27 games for the Chiefs over two seasons, rushing for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding 833 yards and 10 more touchdowns in the receiving game.
Hunt led the NFL in rushing as a rookie, bursting onto the scene and recording six consecutive games with 100-plus yards from scrimmage to start his first season (an NFL record).
Cleveland Browns sign Kareem Hunt, ex-Chiefs running back who was shown on video shoving and kicking a woman last February https://t.co/mzKcD3szhl— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 11, 2019
Hunt of course was let go by the Chiefs after video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel (in Cleveland of all places). In a statement from the team, Browns GM John Dorsey said he felt comfortable in signing Hunt after an extensive process.
“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.”
League spokesman on new Browns RB Kareem Hunt: “There’s an ongoing investigation, and the team understands he's subject to league discipline.” Now that he’s signed, Hunt will go on the commissioner's exempt list.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 11, 2019
Hunt will be on the Commissioner's Exempt List moving forward and will surely be suspended to start the 2019-20 NFL season. Once he is able to suit up for Cleveland, though, he'll look to return to his elite form.