Former running back Kareem Hunt is back in the NFL after being released from the Kansas City Chiefs in November 2018.
According to Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns have signed the 23-year old running back. Hunt was released from the Chiefs after an altercation with a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February 2018. Hunt initially lied about it and then a video was released of him kicking the woman after a verbal exchange.
NFL commission Roger Goodell said before Super Bowl LIII that they were still investigating but Hunt would probably see suspension.
The Browns went 7-8-1 this season and have a promising roster including their running back Nick Chubb who made Browns history with the longest rushing touchdown of their franchise (92 yards). This could be a deadly running combo with the addition of Duke Johnson Jr.. The Browns could easily become the favorites in the AFC North with their mobile quarterback Baker Mayfield, their new running core, receivers Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway and a dominant defense.
Hunt may be suspended four to six games, eight at the max, due to the February 2018 incident. It is a 1-year deal and he will become a restricted free agent after that.
Hunt released a new apology:
“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”
Before he was released, Hunt had 824 rushing yards, 378 receiving yards, seven rushing touchdowns, 7 receiving touchdowns. He had zero fumbles in the 11 games he started.
Look at Browns statement on signing Hunt on the next page and how football fans are reacting to the new Cleveland Brown player.