Kareem Hunt Releases Statement After Being Signed By Cleveland Browns

Ruben Hill
February 12, 2019

The Cleveland Browns wasted no time in drawing headlines for their 2019 NFL offseason, signing free agent running back Kareem Hunt on Monday in a move that will raise more than a few eyebrows around the league, with Hunt facing a suspension because of his domestic violence incident that led to his release from the Chiefs previous year.

According to NFL Media, Hunt has undergone treatment for both alcohol and anger issues.

During a news conference on January 14, general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy opened the door for the possible signing of Hunt when they were asked about the controversial running back.

In November, TMZ published security camera footage showing Hunt in a physical altercation with a woman outside his apartment in a Cleveland hotel in February 2018.

Although Hunt was widely condemned for his actions, it was always likely that a team would be willing to give one of the most talented rushers in the league a second chance. One problem the Browns had a year ago was that Chubb and Duke were different styles of running backs, so it was hard to be able to plug one in to do what the other did and have the job be done effectively.

But, there is also a wide spectrum between zero tolerance and signing a player who has committed a violent act a mere 10 weeks after his last employer released him for being untruthful-and while he is still on the NFL's commissioner's exempt list, meaning that the NFL's investigation into what took place during these incidents is still ongoing. His full-season totals (996 rushing yards, 149 receiving, PPR RB17) were impressive, all the more because Chubb spent the first six weeks of the season behind ex-Brown Carlos Hyde on the depth chart - he didn't top 11 snaps in a game and only had 33 total into Week 7.

Kareem Hunt is getting another chance.

Following the signing, he said in part: "I am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation". Dorsey was the Chiefs' GM when the team draft Hunt in the third round in 2017.

"We fully understand that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL", Dorsey said. As a rookie in 2017, he ran for a league-high 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns, and caught 53 passes for 455 yards and three more scores.

Kareem Hunt also addressed the incident with reporters in August, saying he had "learned from it" and was "focused on football".

Dorsey said at a press conference Monday evening this signing was "by no means... a guarantee of anything".

Hunt will team with Baker Mayfield in an offense that now looks more imposing.

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