Will someone claim Kareem Hunt on waivers?

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Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt will soon be former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. And he will be exposed to waivers. And so the next question becomes whether anyone will claim him on waivers.

On Tuesday, Washington surprisingly claimed former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster on waivers. Destined for the Commissioner Exempt list, Washington chose to pay Foster $257,000 over the balance of the season in order to secure dibs on future services in 2019.

But for the Foster kerfuffle, there’s a chance one or more teams would have pounced on Hunt. The reaction to the acquisition of Foster could keep all teams from paying Hunt $33,000 per week to not play in order to have the rights to the balance of his rookie contract when he’s cleared to play.

Surely, he’ll eventually be cleared to play. While Hunt’s misconduct merits punishment, it doesn’t merit banishment. (Then again, Colin Kaepernick’s conduct, which wasn’t even misconduct, resulted in banishment.) At some point, the league will impose punishment on Hunt, Hunt will serve an unpaid suspension, and Hunt then will be able to play.

This isn’t an over-the-hill Ray Rice, whose best football days were behind him. This is a guy who led the league in rushing as a rookie. He’ll get his second chance somewhere, just not in Kansas City.

Potential candidates include, as mentioned last night, the Eagles. Also, the Browns currently are run by the guy who drafted Hunt in Kansas City. And what if Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy ends up coaching his own team (which could be Cleveland)?

Plus, Washington can never be ruled out, because Washington already has proven that talent continues to trump whether and to what extent a player has gotten in trouble. And Hunt clearly has talent. If that didn’t matter, guys like Tyreek Hill and Joe Mixon wouldn’t currently be employed by NFL teams.

86 responses to “Will someone claim Kareem Hunt on waivers?

  1. I would…that video wasn’t that bad. The smoke will blow over. Even if he is suspended rest of this year he will certainly play in 2019.

  2. Definitely claim him.

    Also, stop acting like he killed someone. Not a nice guy, obviously. But this has been blown a little out of proportion.

  3. tombradyhasfiverings says:
    December 1, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    NFL already sucks because it still supports domestic violence against women.
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    Ok, then in that case, Kareem Hunt and the NFLPA both support domestic violence against women.
    How? Hunt will claim that he’s “innocent” and the NFLPA still accepts union dues from Hunt. Therefore, the NFLPA supports Hunt, and therefore supports DV against women.

  4. But remember it still okay to abuse children in the NFL and get a job. Peterson did way worse than Hunt did. His child was bleeding.

  5. Let me get this straight, you all have spent the last 12+ hours bashing the Chiefs organization for not cutting him back in February but now that they have it’s cool for some other organization to claim him?? Talk about hypocrites.

  6. Whoever it is, that fan base will celebrate it as a great move while 31 fan bases finger point, say they are glad it wasnt their team, and clainm its a reflection on the class and culture of the team, the organizatio , the city, the fan base, their patents, and onward. Its always the same.

  7. No team is going to put in a claim on him, he’s on the exempt commisioner list so he’s not going to be available until some time next season anyway…..

  8. Heard today that Chiefs either knew or saw video long before yesterday. If true, this is where they messed up. They should have dealt with this situation a long time ago, knowing Hunt wasn’t being completely honest. The Police Dept, if they in fact were protecting Hunt, they did him no favors as it turns out.

    Kareem Hunt, pro football player, young – his instincts are to strike back, not walk away. This is a problem. How to pound into these athlete’s heads that they have to walk away is a lot easier said than done.

    He should play again.

    However, “leaders” for Chiefs, NFL and Police can’t be pretending this was an easily forgotten episode. They needed to deal with it immediately.

  9. He’s a running back. No one needs a running back badly enough for the few games left this season to have to deal with that PR travesty.

  10. Will Washington claim him? They are already in PR hell so trot out Doug Williams again. Can’t be much worse than the last press conference.

  11. He will, he’s too talented not to. Truth is, the video has been sensationalized at this point. “Brutalize” is the word being used to describe what Hunt did. He wasn’t right in doing what he did by any means, but brutalization is hardly what happened. Someone will pick him up.

  12. I hope so. The punishment he got was overboard. The hardly touched the chick and she egged the whole thing on. He didn’t even kick her he pushed her over with his foot. In not saying what he did was right but she kept coming at him and who knows what she was saying. He was back at his room numerous times and she wouldnt let up. I just hate how she is shocked at what happened. I mean really what did you think was gonna happen when you hit someone’s last nerve. I don’t feel bad for her at all. Again I’m not one to support violence period but hunt is being over punished when he hardly touched to chick. There is a reason no charges were filed.

  13. Hey, get real, drunk or not he really wanted to hurt the girl. KC did what they had to do and let someone else pick him up and handle the backlash like Washington has done with Foster. They learned from that one and maybe other things have happened before with Hunt that have never gotten out.

  14. I saw the video, both Hunt and the girl were both to blame for this. Hunt because he could not control himself, The girl for taking swings and verbal assaults on Hunt. The girl had plenty of chance’s to leave but choose to confront Hunt. I’ve run into these type of women before and this looks like a future planned out money grab. I think in the end Hunt will serve his 6 games out
    and resign with another team. Just another day in the world of Modern American Sports.

  15. So if he clears waivers then he becomes a free agent and could sign a free agent deal among competing teams once his suspension is over (if not before). Considering that he was on a rookie deal slotted as a 4th rnd pick it would seem that he might be in for a great payday as a result of his actions. Talk about irony.

  16. Raiders should claim him. They have a need, he comes cheap, and it will have all blown over by 2019 when they are playing somewhere else and starting fresh.

  17. He will be claimed but the team has to have some PR cap or so starved for talent they will take the hit. But I think only certain systems will work for him

  18. allinskins says:
    December 1, 2018 at 2:59 pm
    He will be claimed but the team has to have some PR cap or so starved for talent they will take the hit. But I think only certain systems will work for him
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    The system is called hand him the ball and let him run with it.

  19. cowboyfan45 says:
    December 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    No team is going to put in a claim on him, he’s on the exempt commisioner list so he’s not going to be available until some time next season anyway…..

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    You do realize that Foster was picked up by Washington while on the commissioner list right?

  20. What else did the Chiefs stock up on free agent running backs in the off season, just prior to the NFL draft?

    They glaring need was cornerbacks and defensive line help, but they had the leading NFL rusher on their squad, Charcandrick West a healing Spencer Ware and Akeem Hunt in their stable through June of 2018.

    They didn’t cut West until August 22nd this year.

    Yet they continually went out and signed up more running backs, Darrell & Damien Williams instead.

    All in that time period after the February incident in Cleveland, OH and before the draft.

    Makes sense now why the team pursued tailbacks galore instead of inking cornerback talent.

  21. It’s about time both the NFL and the NFLPA got serious about domestic abuse. Like the Monopoly game – do not not pass “GO” and do not collect “$200” – go straight out on your ignorant azz and stay OUT.

  22. darthobama says:
    December 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    I would…that video wasn’t that bad. The smoke will blow over. Even if he is suspended rest of this year he will certainly play in 2019.

    Thanks for having the stones to say the truth. Such an overreaction. Hunt had a minor scuffle. Nowhere near as bad as Mixon or Hill, who were also drafted by Bengals and Chiefs and continue to be enmployed. Hunt is a stud. And Chiefs are fools for letting him go. Having Hunt increases your chances to win on Sundays and thats all that should matter. The Chiefs job is to win football games, same as the other 31 teams. Not their job to be moral police.

  23. if any team picks up Hunt, they’re basically saying that what he did off the field really doesn’t matter – which in turn means, the NFL really doesn’t care that much. The only way to make players think about their actions is to have legitimate consequences. Getting kicked off a team only to be picked up again the following season for anther million dollar contract really doesn’t teach anyone anything.

  24. D1442zzx says:
    December 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    I saw the video, both Hunt and the girl were both to blame for this. Hunt because he could not control himself, The girl for taking swings and verbal assaults on Hunt. The girl had plenty of chance’s to leave but choose to confront Hunt. I’ve run into these type of women before and this looks like a future planned out money grab. I think in the end Hunt will serve his 6 games out
    and resign with another team. Just another day in the world of Modern American Sports.

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    Did you watch the whole video?

    That may be true of the first shove and the knock down when he pushed his friend.
    That kick is clear 100% premeditated assault on a defenseless woman.

    This is Ray Rice level bad and 6 games ain’t gonna cut it.

    The Cleveland DA will also be pressured to pursue charges based on that attack.

  25. skippyx says:
    December 1, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    D1442zzx says:
    December 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    I saw the video, both Hunt and the girl were both to blame for this. Hunt because he could not control himself, The girl for taking swings and verbal assaults on Hunt. The girl had plenty of chance’s to leave but choose to confront Hunt. I’ve run into these type of women before and this looks like a future planned out money grab. I think in the end Hunt will serve his 6 games out
    and resign with another team. Just another day in the world of Modern American Sports.

    59 11 Rate This

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    Did you watch the whole video?

    That may be true of the first shove and the knock down when he pushed his friend.
    That kick is clear 100% premeditated assault on a defenseless woman.

    This is Ray Rice level bad and 6 games ain’t gonna cut it.

    The Cleveland DA will also be pressured to pursue charges based on that attack.
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    Looks like you need some glasses to see better. I’am not saying Hunt is not to blame.
    You must not have notice that punch she throw at Hunt early in the video. There BOTH
    to BLAME, the girl should have had some common sense and left at the first sign of what
    was to come and she didn’t. Sounds like both are idiots with the only difference is Hunt is going to lose a lot of money and in the end the girl is going to make some extra cash.

  26. I’d definitely pick him up on waivers. He’d greatly improve my team and he’d come very cheap. The NFL will step in and suspend him and then he’s really a low risk to allow this to happen again.

  27. Kap was not banished, he just rufused to be a backup even tho he was only backup talent.

  28. Hopefully someone can answer this question. When can he be picked up and who has first in waiver claims is it by previous draft record?

  29. I give KC credit for letting the public know he was dismissed for being untruthful. That said, what went on in that video amounts to a bunch of drunk idiots. He did not kick that girl with any intent to harm her. He lied to his employer and they fired him. Good for KC

  30. Somebody, the Jets maybe, will claim him. Since the Josh Gordon/Justin Blackmon situations, they don’t do indefinite suspensions. So somebody will sign him, then have him suspended for the last 4 this year, or the first four next year.

  31. “Then again, Colin Kaepernick’s conduct, which wasn’t even misconduct, resulted in banishment.”

    Give it up. Kaepernick lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert, who isn’t exactly the football version of Lou Gehrig. No NFL wants a backup QB who is suffering from an inferiority complex and has to resort to protesting the national anthem to draw attention to himself. Kaepernick has no NFL job right now because he vastly over-estimated his skill set and his value.

  32. “Then again, Colin Kaepernick’s conduct, which wasn’t even misconduct, resulted in banishment.”

    I must’ve missed when the league banished Kap………..

  33. Please stop referring to this as “domestic violence”. There is no evidence this woman was invoked in a relationship with Hunt.

  34. KC should have never released him. He and the woman are both drunk! Was the woman a victim when she slapped Kareem BEFORE, he later tripped and fell down while simultaneously push her? A bunch of media noise! Bad break for KC’s offense. NE fans are lovin’ the fact Kareem is no longer their worry. Kareem tore NE a new one every time they played.

  35. What a country. More people will back this guys reinstatement than kaepernick – A guy that kneels for peace.

  36. reapshavocblog says:
    December 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm
    I hope so. The punishment he got was overboard. The hardly touched the chick and she egged the whole thing on. He didn’t even kick her he pushed her over with his foot. In not saying what he did was right but she kept coming at him and who knows what she was saying. He was back at his room numerous times and she wouldnt let up. I just hate how she is shocked at what happened. I mean really what did you think was gonna happen when you hit someone’s last nerve. I don’t feel bad for her at all. Again I’m not one to support violence period but hunt is being over punished when he hardly touched to chick. There is a reason no charges were filed.
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    Wow… do you even realize that half the things you said go against the half of the things you said? I mean, this guy? For starters, saying everything you said and then saying “I dont support violence” is all but laughable. You dont feel sorry for a WOMAN who absolutely was assaulted by a professional football player because they were having an argument? You also said something about this being what happens when you get on someone’s last nerve? I genuinely feel sorry for any women in your life as they must be terrified of ever saying anything to get on your last nerve. There’s literally nothing that woman can say that a grown man shouldn’t be able to handle and walk away from. Getting on someone’s nerves should never evoke this kind of a response. Have enough self control to walk away from the situation like a real grown man should be able to do. Do you not realize that this is a pro football player, they aren’t exactly the smallest or weakest people on the planet. I personally am shocked that this 200 plus lbs man couldn’t control himself well enough to walk away from this small woman. But hey you dont support violence right? Only when women get on your nerves right? You people defending this stuff disgust me. As men, we are supposed to be better than that

  37. She was no victim. Reading some of these comments, is there little wonder how this country is diminished in world standing after so many voted a criminal con man into office!

  38. Check our fans of teams saying they want to claim him…many of the same people who called redskins trash for claiming Foster…hypocrites straight up

  39. Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb on the same team? Good lord, Baker Mayfield would never have to throw another pass again.

  40. nofunleague says:
    December 1, 2018 at 5:39 pm
    He can be suspended for a year while he is in Jail

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    He is not going to jail….its a misdemeanor at best. He will 6 games at max.

  41. This is football. It’s not hop-scotch or a My Little Pony dress-up beauty competition. Somebody gives this kid a second chance or we’re all a bunch of phony hypocrites.

  42. justintuckrule says:
    December 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    What a country. More people will back this guys reinstatement than kaepernick – A guy that kneels for peace.

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    Difference is that Hunt is actually good at football

  43. The NFL doesnt care about crime.
    They are about money.
    This exempt list is to keep money. It doesn’t matter who plays in the NFL, it matters that owners make money.

  44. Harding- The worst RB is closer to hunt skill-wise than the worst qb is to kaepernick.

  45. ANY “man” who initiates or responds with physical force is no man at all. He’s a chump – period.

    ANY “man” who defends the actions of another male who does is a chump as well – including those on this comment blog. Take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself if there would be ANY justification you would accept if someone did to your mother or daughter or sister, etc. what Kareem Hunt did to this girl no matter what she said to him. Hunt should be forgiven as we have been forgiven for our mistakes. But he should reap the consequences for his actions at the same time. He should not be let off easy because he’s “good at football.” I mean come on…what has this world come to? Where are our souls?

  46. Maybe he should get 6 games but anything more than that would be overkill.

    We will probably see several teams make a waiver claim.

    NFL continues to show no consistency in this cases. I remember Vince Young instigated an incident at a bar, wailed on several people and was not suspended at all.

  47. * I wish everyone would shut up about the “degree of violence or non-violence” pictured in the video – or debating about whether the whole thing is overblown – or “just a minor spat” between two drunks in a hotel.

    * Put it ALL aside for a moment. The Chiefs didn’t say Kareem Hunt is guilty. They said what Hunt told them vs. what went down – didn’t match up. In other words, HE LIED. No criminal or punitive charges (yet)? Not relevant.

    * Notwithstanding Hunt’s later “kerfuffle” where punches were thrown in an unrelated bar fight but no were charges filed – if YOU are the boss and one of YOUR employees LIES to your face – you have every right to fire that person, no matter how much he or she brings to your bottom line, no matter how subjectively “minor” or “major” the fireable offense is viewed by others, be they friends, peers or fans.

    * Trust takes a long time to build, but can vanish in a flash when you catch someone in a lie.

  48. paleandpasty says:
    December 1, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    But remember it still okay to abuse children in the NFL and get a job. Peterson did way worse than Hunt did. His child was bleeding.

    My fav for DCOTD, A person can bleed from scratching a zit and not bleed after having been punched a few times. Stop trying to qualify violence against any person except in true cases of self defense or defense of others. BTW, I know a couple of 6′ 3″ gals that would make most of the men here cry uncle. I thought we’d grown beyond this gender bias stuff. Guess not. At the end of the day, if you got you butt kicked, does it really matter about x or y chromosomes? How is a 6’3″ 250lb guy hitting a 5’2 135lb guy any different except in the backwards minds of some stuck in a 50 year time warp. Just don’t hit or kick people over whatever dumb stuff these nitwits were on about.

  49. justintuckrule says:
    December 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    What a country. More people will back this guys reinstatement than kaepernick – A guy that kneels for peace.

    Wow,

    I want you on my team when it comes time to spin a story. Kneels for peace? I’m not sure what’s lamer, him saying it or you believing it. Castro shirts and pig sock just scream peace. Had he not been benched for a white QB we would have never seen him kneel and you all know it. Your just glomming onto any story that makes whites look bad.

  50. Time to create a new, expansion “Longest Yard” team… Kaepernick, Reid, Hunt, Rice, and so many more. The new ‘renegades’ of the NFL…

  51. dhova79 says:
    December 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    Worst possible news for LeVeon Bell…and Hunt is still on a rookie deal.

    >>>REALLY? I don’t see how as there ISN’T any chance of Hunt going to the Steelers but this could have opened the door for Bell going to KC!

  52. Is Hunt a good RB, yeah, a great RB, eh. I think there are a lot of quality RBs out there who deserve a shot and come without the baggage. I hope teams consider this.

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