By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent running back Kareem Hunt on Monday. He was released by the Kansas City Chiefs in November 2018.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hunt signed a one-year deal with the team. Once the 2019 season is over, he will become a restricted free agent.
Hunt is currently on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. The Browns are taking a gamble that he would play during the 2019 season.
He is now reunited with Browns General Manager John Dorsey. Dorsey helped draft Hunt while the two were in Kansas City.
“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,” Dorsey said.
“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.”
After TMZ Sports released a video of Hunt punching a woman outside of an Ohio area hotel room earlier in 2018, the Chiefs immediately released him. Two days later, he then went on ESPN and apologized.
The 23-year-old Willoughby, Ohio native played in 11 games in 2018 before being released. He had 181 carries for 824 yards and seven touchdowns.
He also had 26 touchdowns for 378 yards and seven additional touchdowns.
In his career, Hunt made 27 NFL starts. He had 453 carries for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 26 receptions for 378 yards and seven more touchdowns.
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