Kareem Hunt is heading back home to Cleveland. The former Kansas City Chiefs running back signed a one year prove-it deal according to ESPN. Earlier today NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted the following in regards to contract details:
There’s no doubt that the former Toledo Rockets star is happy to be back in his hometown and playing football again on sundays. However, Hunt is still currently on the commissioner’s exempt list until further discipline is determined. The Browns have nothing to lose with signing him to a one year deal. If Hunt proves that he’s still the former rushing yards leader that he was, the Browns win. However, if the NFL hands down a harsh suspension, they can easily cut ties with little to no impact on their cap space. The Browns hope he can replicate his numbers before his release from the Chiefs. According to Yahoo Sports, in 2018 Hunt rushed for 824 yds and 7 TDs in only 11 games played.
Hunt already expressed his remorse on an ESPN interview he recorded soon after a video of him pushing and kicking a woman was released by TMZ. After signing with the Browns, he once again apologized according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com:
“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable,” Hunt said in a statement. “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.”NFL.com
This of course means that former Chiefs and current Browns GM John Dorsey is willing to take another chance on Hunt. It will be exciting to see how Hunt’s case with the NFL will develop and what role he will have behind running back Nick Chubb.