The Kareem Conundrum
The Chiefs released Kareem Hunt as soon as a video of him shoving and then kicking a woman at a hotel in Cleveland became public. Returning him to the scene of the crime, the Browns made a controversial move from both a ‘between the lines’ and public relations perspective, signing the productive but troubled running back to a one year deal for $1 million.
Bob Quinn made a deliberate choice not to pursue Hunt, stating that he would be uncomfortable with the signing due to the player’s numerous off the field issues. With a focus on wanting good players who are good people on the roster, Quinn used his second round draft pick for a fifth round talent who missed half the season and was arrested for assault at a nightclub a year ago.
Consolation Prize: C.J. Anderson, for $1.5 million.
Good Move?: Despite 3,000 yards from scrimmage and 25 total touchdowns in less than two seasons, Hunt could just be one of those players who is followed by trouble no matter where he goes. Now that his lengthy suspension is official, he is rendered useless on the field until the second half of the season anyway.
Keep up with the Browns!: Hunt is a legitimate star running back, and the Lions could have had him at a bargain price. Even for half the season, he would take a massive load off of Kerryon Johnson and create possibly the best backfield tandem in the NFL. How often can a team not only boast a top flight starting running back, but have a backup who’s actually an upgrade*??
Answer #2: The Lions if they would have taken the PR hit and gotten Kareem Hunt.