Bob Quinn: Lions considered Kareem Hunt, but decided they “want good people”

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Before the Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt, plenty of teams considered adding him. The Lions were one of those teams, and they ultimately decided not to pursue Hunt.

“We evaluate every player on the field and off the field and in this case, we talked about internally,” G.M. Bob Quinn said at a forum for season-ticket holders, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It was just a player that we didn’t feel comfortable bringing to the Lions for numerous issues, and I stand by that. That’s my word and I want good players and I want good people in this organization.”

The Chiefs waived Hunt after video emerged in November 2018 of an altercation in a hallway of a Cleveland hotel from February of that year. Hunt was seen in the video shoving and kicking a woman.

“Obviously when [Hunt] was released towards the end of the season, every team in the league had the opportunity to claim him . . . and actually be on a cheaper contract than he signed today,” Quinn said.

He’s right, but any team that would have claimed him in November would have been required to pay his salary while on the Commissioner Exempt list. The Browns will pay Hunt nothing until he’s reinstated, assuming that any suspension is finalized before the start of the regular season.

The Lions arguably don’t need Hunt; rookie Kerryon Johnson became a solid performer in 2018. But Hunt led the league in rushing in his own rookie year of 2017, and his talent is undeniable. Which is precisely why he’s getting a second chance.

13 responses to “Bob Quinn: Lions considered Kareem Hunt, but decided they “want good people”

  1. Lions should have signed him. If he screws up then he’s gone no 3rd chance. What if Johnson is an injury prone RB?

  2. Since when? He’s probably only saying this since Hunt decided to sign with the Browns. Before that he was probably hoping to sign him.

  3. We have heard “we want good people” before only to sign Jermichael Finley who had a gun incident because winning mattered more. Hunt is a bonafide stud and we should have signed him. I’m done with having good people. All I want to do is win any way possible.

  4. Respect to Mr Quinn for prioritizing culture. The fan base will support these types of decisions. The Browns are obviously in a win at all costs mentality. They have had too many 1-15 seasons to think otherwise. The Chiefs would have loved to keep that talent but “did the right thing”. Kareem Hunt has forfeited his privilege to play in the NFL.

  5. Every American pro sports team in the NFL, MLB and NBA has employed troubled or violent players. They’ve probably have covered up the facts just as often and solved the issue internally in much the same fashion.
    If they all took the zero tolerance view, then the PBA would be king.

  6. If Kareem Hunt has forfeited his privilege to play in the NFL, then 90% of all workers have forfeited their privilege to earn a living in their respective fields.

  7. Bob Quinn is a very successful business man. Very successful business people don’t become that by being a squeaky clean saint.

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