Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Kareem Hunt signs with Browns

Kareem Hunt signs with Browns

Last year the Browns had three starting caliber running backs and they ended up trading away Carlos Hyde, who was signed to a three-year deal last offseason as a free agent, to make room for Chubb to get carries midseason.

The Browns, who sense a chance to win the division next season, are willing to absorb the off-the-field problems and risk of signing Hunt.

Though he was never arrested nor charged for the incident, he was placed on the Commissioner Exempt List by the NFL and is ineligible to play until the league completes an investigation into the incident.

Browns general manager John Dorsey, who drafted Hunt during his time as the general manager of the Chiefs, explained the reasoning behind signing Hunt in a statement. Hunt is seen arguing with the woman in a hotel lobby, then shoving her. Hunt's friends and girlfriend try to restrain him, but during the struggle, Hunt kicks the woman to the ground. His best season in the National Football League came in 2017, when he totaled 1,041 yards on 156 touches and seven touchdowns. Hunt was also drafted by Dorsey when he was in charge of personnel for the Chiefs.

However, some of the fans were open to give Hunt a second chance, while also noting that the Browns have gotten a solid player to join a powerful line up of their running backs.

"We fully understand that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL", Dorsey said. Here at the Browns, there is a detailed plan with expectations laid out that he understands and must follow, because any similar incident will not be tolerated.

The roster move was accompanied by relatively lengthy statements by Hunt and general manager John Dorsey, referencing (in non-specific terms), "my actions past year", and, "his egregious actions".

Following the signing, the former third-round pick released a statement through the team admitting what he did was "wrong and inexcusable". In addition, Cleveland is far from a running back needy team heading into 2019 as they now boast a backfield featuring promising young 2018 rookie Nick Chubb and pass catching dynamo Duke Johnson.

The best outcome is that Hunt stays committed to the "necessary professional treatment" that the Browns say he has been receiving and does not re-offend.

Or perhaps Dorsey just wants to ensure he has depth at the running back position for what is expected to be the best Browns season in recent memory. "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". Were it not for his off-field issues, Hunt would be a more attractive option than even Le'Veon Bell.

Kitchens served as the team's interim offensive coordinator for the final eight games, and his strong connection with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield was one of the main reasons he got the job.

"At the end of it, the one thing we did find was he understands and takes full accountability for the egregious act he committed", Dorsey said.

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