The Cleveland Browns took a chance on Kareem Hunt despite his off-the-field issues. His suspension ended in Week 10 and he returned to action immediately. Nick Chubb dominated the carries but Hunt was used effectively and showed that he has not lost a step.
During the 2019 season, Hunt carried the ball 43 times for 179 yards and averaged 4.2 yards per attempt. The Browns valued Hunt more as a receiver as he caught 37 passes for 285 yards. Hunt’s time in Kansas City cannot be forgotten because he emerged as a No. 1 back and showed signs of being that same player this season.
While Hunt has established that he wants to finish his NFL career in Cleveland, he will be a restricted free agent after the season. He could be a huge steal for these three teams.
3. New York Jets
How about this for a turn of events? There is no guarantee that Le’Veon Bell will be back. Head coach Adam Gase voiced his displeasure with the signing before the season began. It is the main reason that the Jets fired Mike Maccagnan. The prospect of signing Kareem Hunt as a replacement in the event of a Bell trade makes sense.
Rumors have swirled about the Jets possibly trading Bell. If they did that, his contract would be gone and the Jets would be in line to sign another back for cheaper. Hunt would land under that category and would be a huge bargain for a team that needs help.
2. Atlanta Falcons
Devonta Freeman did not have a good season. In 14 games, he did not have a 100-yard performance and scored just two touchdowns on the ground. Freeman seemed to be more effective with Tevin Coleman beside him in the backfield. Enter Kareem Hunt.
The Falcons have a lot of talent on their team. They have not been able to put it together but the clock has been ticking on head coach Dan Quinn. The Falcons will use their brains soon enough and get him out. Adding Hunt would add another dynamic to the Falcons’ offense and give Matt Ryan another weapon.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs are the main destination for Kareem Hunt. Head coach Bruce Arians had an interest in Hunt before he was signed by the Browns. There is going to be a new-look Bucs’ offense next season and it could begin with Hunt. Jameis Winston most likely will not be back so Tampa Bay could bring in a new quarterback and running back.
The duo of Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber was unimpressive this season. Even with Winston throwing 30 interceptions and neither back performing well, the Bucs still averaged 28.6 points per game, which ranked third in the league. They might just need a complete back to complete their system.