Kareem Hunt, who looked explosive in spring practices, has clearly been embraced by his teammates. "That's my boy," said second-year running back Nick Chubb, who stands to lose some work when Hunt returns. "Kareem, he is really cool. He came in and we hit it off right away. Just picking up the playbook and having fun. He's a lot of fun to be around."
Hunt is on pace to be recovered from his groin injury and back at practice midweek. The Browns are still negotiating with the league about allowing Hunt to remain with the team during his eight-game suspension.
The story went on to say if the team is in great health and Hunt is still on track to return, they make think about moving Johnson. But right now the Browns are about having as much veteran depth as possible right now.
Adam Schefter reports that Johnson signed with Drew Rosenhaus' agency and that he is still seeking a trade. Schefter also gives us some context for Johnson's switch in representation when he tweets, "keep in mind, Rosenhaus helped facilitate a trade for the Browns and his client, Emmanuel Ogbah, and got Breshad Perriman out of his deal in Cleveland."
Johnson wanted out of Cleveland after the Browns signed Kareem Hunt, but the team never budged. We'll see if Rosenhaus can change their minds.
Johnson was an afterthought on the field last season despite his ability and a change of scenery would likely be a boom to his fantasy output. If his new representation can get the Browns to budge on dealing Johnson, his landing spot would dictate his fantasy upside, but there's a good chance his new team would give him more work than the Browns did last season when he saw an anemic 5.4 touches per game.
Cellphone video obtained by TMZ shows suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt being questioned by Cleveland police officers outside a downtown Cleveland bar.
Hunt was not arrested and Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said no police report, body camera video or other documentation exists related to any incident involving Hunt.
The incident happened sometime late Saturday outside the Barley House on West 6th Street.
Social media was buzzing today about Hunt in a possible bar fight in Cleveland, but there was not a police report nor any proof. The owner of the bar doesn't believe there was a physical altercation, according to the story. The story added the Browns are aware but have no comment.
Nick Chubb should post RB1 numbers for the first half of the season and probably longer, as the team begins to incorporate Hunt into the offense over the second half of the season. Duke Johnson remains in limbo, but he should serve as Chubb's primary backup while Hunt serves his suspension.
Hunt joins an already talented backfield featuring Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson. Chubb was shaping up to be a top 10 pick at his position, though Hunt's arrival throws some cold water on Chubb's upside. Johnson was already being underutilized and speculation has already begun that the team may look to move him. At this point, we're assuming that Hunt will compete with Johnson for backup duties behind Chubb. Keep in mind that the NFL has yet to announce Hunt's suspension, so that will play a factor as well.
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said this past week that his team would not rule out the possibility of signing Kareem Hunt, and it turns out he's not alone.
Multiple teams have expressed interest in Hunt, and it now appears the former Chiefs running back will have a job "sooner rather than later," one league source told ESPN.
The story went on to say, since late November, when the disturbing video that shows Hunt shoving and kicking a woman surfaced, he has been undergoing anger-management counseling daily, according to a source. Hunt appears to be making progress with the counseling, which has helped him draw the interest of some teams, sources said. Obviously those in keeper leagues who have held on to Hunt want to continue to stick with him for next year. But, Hunt still faces potential discipline as the league continues to investigate.
The Chicago Bears left open the possibility of pursuing free agent running back Kareem Hunt, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 1 after video surfaced of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of his Cleveland residence.
Hunt is on the Commissioner Exempt List and would need to be reinstated before he could sign with any team.
HC Matt Nagy has a relationship with Hunt dating back to his days in Kansas City. The Bears will face a decision on Howard as he reaches the final year of his contract. The story added nothing is imminent in regard to bringing in Hunt, who is subject to discipline once a team does sign him.
Because of the late release of Hunt, the Chiefs didn't have a lot of time to change their game plan much. But it sounds like it could be a committee going forward. KC is bringing in, and expected to sign, Anderson who could be more of an RB3 option behind Ware and Williams. As of now, it's looking like maybe Ware's fantasy value won't measure up to the workload Hunt was getting. Williams could end up being used more on passing downs going forward as well.
From the Chiefs: "Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt. At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigation into the issue. As part of our internal discussion with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately."
From a fantasy perspective, Spencer Ware is the primary beneficiary and is coming in as a top 10 option this week in a good matchup against the Raiders.
Ware is an immediate pickup if he's available in your league. He has 36 touches on the year compared to just six for RB3 Damien Williams. Ware averaged 98 total yards and 0.36 touchdowns on 17.6 touches per game back in 2016 and was slated to be the Chiefs starter in 2017 until he tore his ACL in the preseason. Hunt then won the job and never looked back. Consider Ware a fantasy RB2 with RB1 upside for the rest of the season. Williams will likely get a handful of touches as a change-of-pace back behind Ware.