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Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt

Running Back #27
ADP:Round: 6, Pick: 8
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 216 lb.
College:Toledo
Age:24
Born:August 6, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 3 (86)
Draft Team:KC

Kareem Hunt: Inks contract tender

Hunt has signed his second-round contract tender with the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Hunt, who thus stands to earn $3.26 million this coming season, carried 43 times for 179 yards and two TDs to go along with 37 catches for 285 yards and a receiving score in eight games with the Browns in 2019 after returning from an eight-game suspension. Now that he's back in the fold, the 24-year-old will continue to serve as the team's No. 2 back behind Nick Chubb, but even in that context Hunt's involvement in Cleveland's passing game puts the 2017 third-rounder on the PPR radar.

April 17, 2020 3:06 PM EST

Kareem Hunt: Gets second-round tender

Hunt got a second-round restricted free agent tender from the Browns, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Given Hunt's status as a 2017 third-round pick, the Browns probably could've gotten away with an original-round tender to dissuade any offer sheets. The decision to go a bit higher and pay more money suggests the running back is a priority, though an offseason traffic stop briefly cast doubt upon his future with the team. Hunt escaped the incident without any charges, and he'll now enter the offseason program locked in as Cleveland's No. 2 running back behind Nick Chubb. Given his off-field history, it's hard to imagine any team would surrender a second-round pick for the right to sign Hunt to an offer sheet.

March 16, 2020 8:08 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Avoids charges

Hunt won't be charged with marijuana possession following a Jan. 21 traffic stop, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Hunt will escape the situation with nothing more than a speeding ticket, but the potential exists for the NFL to mete out punishment due to his checkered history away from the field. As for his future with the Browns, he's expected to receive a restricted free-agent tender from the team before the start of the new league year on March 18. Placing an original-round tender on Hunt likely would be enough to stave off overtures from other organizations for the 2017 third-round pick, who racked up 464 yards from scrimmage and three TDs on 80 touches in eight games last season.

March 2, 2020 3:31 PM EST

Kareem Hunt: Getting RFA tender

The Browns plan to give Hunt a restricted free agent tender, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: General manager Andrew Berry confirmed the plan but didn't elaborate on the level of the tender. An original-round tag should be enough to stave off interest from other teams, considering Hunt was a third-round pick back in 2017. His talent alone might warrant giving up a draft pick in addition to an offer sheet, but Hunt's problematic off-field history reduces his value to most teams. He was in the news again last month when a police officer found a small amount of marijuana in his car, though he wasn't arrested or cited. It remains to be seen if the NFL league office takes interest in the minor incident.

February 25, 2020 9:53 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Still supported by team

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he still wants Hunt to be part of the team if the running back can follow the expectations that have been laid out for him, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Hunt was in the news a couple weeks ago when he was stopped for speeding and a police officer found a small amount of marijuana in his car. He seems to have escaped the incident with nothing more than a speeding ticket, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll avoid a fine and/or suspension from the NFL. The 24-year-old running back is scheduled to be a restricted free agent this offseason, and it sounds like the Browns still plan to keep him around. A second-round tender would cost approximately $3.3 million, while an original-round tender would be closer to $2.1 million, per overthecap.com. The second option would force the acquiring team to send a third-round pick to Cleveland as compensation for poaching Hunt, as the running back was selected in Round 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Browns also have the right to match any offer sheet, assuming they use one of the RFA tenders.

February 5, 2020 9:03 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Stopped with marijuana in car

Hunt was stopped for speeding Tuesday afternoon, with a subsequent search of his car revealing a small amount of marijuana, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Hunt was neither arrested nor cited for the marijuana, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll escape discipline from the NFL. A spokesman for the Browns said the team is aware of the incident and is in the process of gathering more information, per Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

January 24, 2020 9:23 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Season-low yardage in Week 17

Hunt gained four yards on three carries and caught three of four targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.

Analysis: The 36 combined yards from scrimmage was a season low for Hunt, who finishes the season with 179 rushing yards, 37 receptions, 285 receiving yards and three touchdowns over eight games. For the Browns, he worked hard and appeared to have learned from his off-field mistakes that led to an eight-game suspension to start the 2019 season. The 2017 NFL rushing leader was used more as a receiving threat, which worked out well at times for the team. Hunt and Nick Chubb were a potent two-back duo that presented challenges for opposing defenses. Hunt can become a restricted free agent in the coming offseason, but the Ohio native has expressed interest in staying with the team, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. With the Browns in the market for a new head coach -- Freddie Kitchens was fired after one season in Cleveland -- so a new coach will have a say in whether Hunt is back with the team in 2020.

December 30, 2019 5:04 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Catches four passes vs. Ravens

Hunt carried three times for zero yards and caught four passes for 33 yards during Sunday's 31-15 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Hunt did next to nothing on the ground, but he chipped in as a pass-catcher yet again. Although he finished averaging just 8.3 yards per reception, he still managed to place third on the team in receiving yards in what amounted to a tough day for the offense. Hunt should have more success in next Sunday's season finale against a Cincinnati team that has been gashed by running backs all season.

December 23, 2019 9:18 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Impactful in passing game

Hunt rushed four times for 14 yards and caught eight of nine targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Hunt saw teammate Nick Chubb go for another 127 yards on the ground, but at least managed to make a significant impact through the air. In fact, Hunt trailed only Odell Beckham in targets, yet still matched Cleveland's team high in receptions. Despite Chubb surging toward the league's rushing title, Hunt has now garnered double-digit touches in all six of his appearances this season, giving him decent value to close the campaign.

December 15, 2019 5:17 PM EST

Kareem Hunt: Finds end zone in win over Bengals

Hunt carried nine times for 28 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bengals. He also caught two passes for an additional 40 yards in the 27-19 win.

Analysis: Hunt averaged just 3.1 yards per carry but was able to salvage his performance with a short touchdown run, giving him three scores in as many weeks. He also reached 40 receiving yards for the third time in five games and has recorded double-digit touches in every game with the Browns. Hunt will have the opportunity to continue his ascent next Sunday in a favorable matchup with the Cardinals.

December 8, 2019 3:11 PM EST

Kareem Hunt: Scores Browns' only touchdown

Hunt caught all five of his targets for 19 yards and a touchdown and added 46 yards on seven carries during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Hunt circled out of the backfield midway through the second quarter for a 15-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown, his second touchdown in his last two games. Sunday' was Hunt's best rushing day in orange and brown, but he's done most of his damage this season through the air, averaging five catches per game. He's tallied at least 45 total yards in all four of his games this season and should continue that Sunday against a Bengals defense that came into this week surrendering 4.8 yards per carry, 29th in the league.

December 1, 2019 4:12 PM EST

Kareem Hunt: Scores rushing TD vs. Dolphins

Hunt carried eight times for 37 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins. He also caught two of three targets for nine yards in the 41-24 win.

Analysis: Hunt fared well on the ground against a porous Miami defense, averaging 4.6 yards per carry while scoring a six-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. He was rather quiet in the passing game, however, which limited the extent to which he exploited this favorable matchup. Still, Hunt received double-digit touches yet again and should have a useful role again next Sunday against the Steelers.

November 24, 2019 1:50 PM EST

Kareem Hunt: Heavy work as receiver in win

Hunt rushed six times for 12 yards and secured six of eight targets for 46 yards in the Browns' 21-7 win over the Steelers on Thursday.

Analysis: Hunt was a distant second behind lead back Nick Chubb, who logged a season-high 27 carries. However, Hunt was a major part of the passing game for the second time in as many games since returning from his season-opening suspension, leading the Browns in receptions and checking in second only to Odell Beckham in receiving yardage. Head coach Freddie Kitchens appears set on sticking with Chubb as his clear-cut lead back for the moment, but Hunt should continue seeing his role in the offense expand with each successive game. His next opportunity to up his production will come in a favorable matchup against the Dolphins in Week 12, a week from Sunday.

November 14, 2019 9:17 PM EST

Kareem Hunt: Expected to have key role

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects the Browns to expand their two-back packages with Hunt and Nick Chubb in Thursday's game, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: In his team debut in the Week 10 win over the Bills, Hunt played 54 percent of snaps, lining up as a halfback, in the slot, out wide and even as a fullback a couple times. That allowed Chubb to see 20 carries and two targets en route to playing 81 percent of the snaps, while Hunt earned four carries and nine targets. It's a safe bet both players stay involved in the offense in the Thursday night game, though Tomlin's expectation for increased use of two-back formations is less certain.

November 13, 2019 8:01 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Recovering ahead of schedule

General Manager John Dorsey said Wednesday that Hunt (suspension) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from sports hernia surgery, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Hunt underwent sports hernia surgery in late August, and has been rehabbing away from team facilities while serving his eight-game suspension. This news bodes well for Hunt's chances of being fully healthy when eligible to retake the field, though it remains to be seen how he'll ultimately mix into Cleveland's backfield. Nick Chubb has thrived in the No. 1 role through six games, and Dontrell Hilliard is currently working as a change-of-pace option.

October 16, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Has sports hernia surgery

Hunt (suspension) underwent sports hernia surgery Thursday with the expectation that he'll be healthy once he's eligible to play again Week 10.

Analysis: Hunt faces an eight-game suspension to begin the season, so this is as good of time as any to fix what ails him. He'll have to face his rehab without the help of the Browns, though, as he must stay away from team facilities during the duration of the ban. While Hunt works to get healthy, Cleveland's backfield will be led by Nick Chubb, with Dontrell Hilliard and D'Ernest Johnson likely serving as the reserve options.

August 29, 2019 3:15 PM EST

Kareem Hunt: Will be away from team during suspension

The Browns' petition to permit Hunt to remain with the team during his eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy has been denied by the league, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Hunt, whose suspension takes effect Aug.31, is eligible to participate in the Browns' preseason finale Thursday, after which the running back won't be eligible to play in the regular season until Week 10 against the Bills. Nick Chubb currently sits atop Cleveland's backfield depth chart, with Dontrell Hilliard slated to work in a change-of-pace role out of the gate this season.

August 28, 2019 11:09 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Underwhelms vs. Bucs

Hunt had five carries for 11 yards and caught his lone target for three yards in Friday's 13-12 loss to the Buccaneers in preseason Week 3.

Analysis: With starter Nick Chubb being held out, Hunt started and played most of the first half, likely the last chance to see him before he serves an eight-game suspension to start the season. Tack this performance onto last week's underwhelming effort against the Colts and one wonders what to expect from the back who led the league in rushing as a rookie in 2017. There may have been some rust after he missed time during camp with a hamstring injury, plus there was no sense in showcasing Hunt during preseason. If Hunt doesn't play next week, he will be inactive until Week 10 at home against Buffalo.

August 24, 2019 3:18 AM EST

Kareem Hunt: Makes quiet preseason debut

Hunt carried two times for six yards and failed to haul in his only target during Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.

Analysis: Hunt got his first taste of preseason action with his new team, starting alongside what was left of the first unit with several starters resting. He was targeted on the first play from scrimmage while adding carries of two and four yards, taking a seat following the team's second drive. Hunt figures to play more next week against the Buccaneers as he tries to knock off some rust ahead of his eight-game suspension to begin the regular season.

August 17, 2019 4:00 PM EST

Kareem Hunt: Expecting 15-20 snaps Saturday

Hunt (groin/suspension) is expected to play around 15-20 snaps in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, May Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

Analysis: Hunt won't exactly be lining up alongside the Browns' first-team offense in his preseason debut, as the team has elected to rest a handful of key contributors such as Bakery Mayfield, Nick Chubb and Odell Beckham (hip). Nonetheless, any experience throughout the preseason for Hunt will be a plus, as the No. 2 running back won't be eligible for regular season action until Week 10 against the Bills given his eight-game suspension.

August 17, 2019 12:51 PM EST

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