Browns sign Kareem Hunt

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At a time when the Bears seemed to be flirting with the possibility of adding running back Kareem Hunt, another team has beaten them to it.

The Cleveland Browns have announced that Hunt has been signed to a contract.

Drafted by the Chiefs when John Dorsey served as the team’s G.M., the man who has served as Browns G.M. for the last year now brings Hunt to Cleveland.

“My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision making process but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him,” Dorsey said in a statement. “There were two important factors: One is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse and secondly, just as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to necessary professional treatment and a plan that has been clearly laid out.

“We fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem’s history and do not condone his actions. Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance but certainly with the understanding that he has to go through critical and essential steps to become a performing member of this organization, aside from what the NFL determines from their ongoing investigation. We fully understand that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL. 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. We will support Kareem through this process and utilize our resources, however permitted, to help him become successful on and off the field as long as he continues to show the commitment necessary to represent this organization.”

The NFL has not yet announced discipline on Hunt for multiple off-field incidents in 2018, including an assault of a female in Cleveland that was captured on video. The Chiefs abruptly cut Hunt after the video surfaced in November.

Hunt was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list before his release, and he’ll likely resume that status in Cleveland. Once his punishment is issued, Hunt presumably will be permitted to participate in offseason workouts, training camp, and preseason games before the commencement of the regular season and the suspension that likely will go along with it.

140 responses to “Browns sign Kareem Hunt

  1. This is not a surprising move at all. Seems to me the only reason he must have been cut was he grossly lied to the Chiefs about his involvement. I don’t condone what he did, but everyone deserves a second chance for the most part.

  2. I think it is pathetic that a team like the Chiefs does the right thing and cuts a man who beats a woman just to have a team with apparently little to no standards like the Browns sign him.

    At the very least the NFL should demand that Cleveland send draft pick compensation to the Chiefs.

  3. Basically. We want to win now and we don’t care how we do it. So he hit and kicked a woman. Who cares. He scores tds. We wanna make him part of our family.

  4. That’s ups their total of 33 players arrested since 2000, but I don’t think the Browns care about that.

  5. Just suspend him six games and move on. After Ray Rice fiasco, NFL was pressured into implementing 6 game base line suspension. That is perfectly fine. Just enforce it consistently. Instead they decide to meander around, see Josh Brown (1 game), Ezekiel Elliot (6 games), Jameis Winston (3 games). Just do 6 games and drop it. Very easy. And then when TMZ comes out with video, they can say see we did 6 games. That’s fair. Second time do 1 year or expulsion. It’s not rocket science. For $40 million, Rodger is pretty clueless at PR. His only positive is profit.

  6. Dorsey can say all he wants but at the end of the day you’re the GM that signed a guy who was caught on video shoving a woman to the ground and then kicking her. Classy. And correct me if I’m wrong, but Hunt had absolutely no remorse whatsoever until the video came out and even then he still didn’t seem like he cared at all. Just when you start to like the Cleveland Browns they go and do this.

  7. 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

    But the two assaults he has had are fine.

  8. Trash behavior that’s never going to end when these guys are allowed right back into the game. Might get a slap on the wrist 4 game suspension. Classy move by the Browns

  9. Just when you thought that the Browns were becoming respectable … And the irony is that Chubb might even be better.

  10. Isn’t it funny that when a player does something pretty stupid outside of football our social stance is that his team “has” to release that player, but once the player has been released it’s completely ok and/or accepted for any other team to pick him up and “take a chance on him”??

  11. What classy move from a classy team to sign a classy player to play in their classy city. What a trash fire.

  12. More proof that age and level of ability equals second chances. Not suggesting that he is not worthy, he may well be and I hope he makes the most of it personally and professionally.

    I am saying many players that are older or less impactful who have had transgressions and mistakes are not deemed worthy of a second chance.

    That is the business side of the NFL. Browns fans will be elated..the missing piece..every other fan will wave the flag of disgust.

    Good luck Kareem, make the most of what has been given.

  13. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:15 pm
    Of all places, he signs in the city in which the incident took place.
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    He’s from the Cleveland area

  14. I have to say, Im a bit surprised how some are taking light of this whole situation by making the “kicker” jokes. Regardless if you think he does or doesnt deserve another chance, I dont think it’s right to come out with these immature “kicker” comments. Just my opinion

  15. Browns doing their best Patruots impression— sign any criminal that can throw, catch, run or hit…. or kick.

  16. Just proves yet again, if you are a star and can play you can do pretty much anything. If this was a 3rd string RB no one is signing him.

  17. I wish these teams would just cut it with this phony “second chance” bullcrap.

    All it means is we could use a player with his talents that cost us nothing. If it was all about second chances then anyone on a roster would get the same benefit but it’s only the real good ones that do. If this guy was a special teamer his career would be over. Not a team in the league would touch him.

  18. red says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:26 pm
    So Chubb has a really good rookie season, and they sign Hunt? what?!

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    From a football stand point it makes total sense. Always good to have a 1-2 punch at RB not mention the position gets injured a lot. I would worry more about is he worth it? Browns finally stop looking like a joke, why invite a circus?

  19. I love all these, we have Chubb already…well that’s great and can’t hurt to have to very good running backs, plus Hunt is born and raised in Cleveland…

    Browns are going to be scary good on offense

  20. Browns fan and I hate this move on a personal level. This has a future trade package written all over it.. Chubb had a great season, we have Duke Johnson and now Hunt. I think Dorsey is going to use Hunt as trade bait to get a veteran WR in a trade. Football move wise it is amazing because it involves no draft picks or a trade to pick him up. I’m sure Dorsey also wanted to stick it to KC for firing Dorsey.

  21. stonedwhitetrash says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    No NFL player as ever been drafted because He was a nice, church going family man, has he?

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    Depends on his forty time.

  22. His talent outweighs the headache, unlike Kaep. Hopefully he has learned a lesson through all of this. I’m all for second chances so here’s to a great career in Cleveland.

  23. Ray Rice in Baltimore,
    Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh
    Joe Mixon in Cincy
    and now Kareem Hunt in Cleveland.

    What’s it with the AFCN and employing women beaters? How Joe Mixon’s incident was forgotten is beyond me.

    Disgraceful to all, now you too, John Dorsey.

  24. These players will continue to be idiots if giving do-overs. I’m sorry at his age he knew better. He wasn’t 5years old. Maybe let him sit out a couple of years. Some kind of significant consequence.

  25. And the list goes on. Josh Gordon, Johnny Manziel, and now this clown? Desperate classless move made by a desperate losing franchise.

  26. Looks like the Browns, a professional football team, have prioritized winning football games over making social statements. Imagine that.

  27. Good. There was a drunken woman (no “lady”) nonstop getting in his face and calling him a racial slur. The supposed “kick” he gave her was just a shove. I have the luxury of being able to point oit that the emperor has no clothes, while the Browns front office has to keep up with the charade and talk about how “Kareem will get professional clinical help bla bla bla”.

  28. All the good vibes the Browns have built up over the past two years just vanished. This is a bad move that will backfire on them. The Chiefs took a gutsy step when they released him. Shows the difference between a classy organization and a bottom feeder.

  29. And I expect the Browns to parade him out at a press conference stating how great of a young man he is etc., etc.. If I were a Browns fan I would not like this move at all.

  30. 30 other teams just lost out. Didn’t count KC because I don’t think they would’ve re-signed him anyway.

    I bet every team was salivating over Hunt. It was just a matter of who had enough guts to sign him and face the backlash. As long as Hunt keeps his nose clean and says all the right things in front of a camera then no one will remember this as soon as he puts in a pro-bowl season.

  31. ace24xx says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:54 pm
    And the list goes on. Josh Gordon, Johnny Manziel, and now this clown? Desperate classless move made by a desperate losing franchise.

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    Josh Gordon plays for the Patriots. I guess they’re just a desperate losing franchise.

  32. Yep, it’s officially a better career decision to hit a woman than speak up against social injustice, regardless of what you think about Colin karpernick, if you don’t think that’s messed up, I feel sorry for you

  33. From a talent perspective the Browns inarguably have the most talented backfield in the league, from a PR perspective they just gained a nightmare. Hope it works for them, otherwise Browns gonna Brown.

  34. Really good player still to be seen if he can stay out of trouble and be more careful of who he keeps arounf him, Only time will tell.

  35. I am not surprised the owner of the Browns condones Kareem Hunt’s behavior. The Kansas City Chiefs did the correct thing, and now the Browns sign him.
    Wait for the NFL to issue the punishment.

  36. I’m a big fan and wanted him back with my Chiefs. Cleveland is the one place I didn’t he’d belong. It’s his home turf and old haunts/people are going to be hard to avoid.

  37. Classy move by the team that truly deserves him! Where is the ownership’s integrity?Dude lost his privilege to play in this great league, and it is a privilege! Just ask the hundreds of law abiding atheletes that never get the chance! Says a lot about the culture the new coach is trying to create.

  38. The league needs to make a team pay for signing a player like this.
    There is no penalty and a team does not have anything to
    lose. Perhaps a 3rd round pick or some type of penalty,
    I would argue, is appropriate.

  39. The Chiefs wanted to win with class by cutting Kareem Hunt. Other teams want to win, period, full stop. Kansas City may have lost their chance to go to the Super Bowl when they cut Hunt, because their offense just isn;’t the same without him.

  40. rkt4mayor says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    I think it is pathetic that a team like the Chiefs does the right thing and cuts a man who beats a woman just to have a team with apparently little to no standards like the Browns sign him.

    At the very least the NFL should demand that Cleveland send draft pick compensation to the Chiefs.

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    So why haven’t the Chiefs cut Tyrek Hill?

  41. Baker and Freddy both said it right. ” If you don’t wear the orange and brown, we don’t care what you think”.

  42. If a belligerent, drunk Kareem hunt got into an altercation with a perfectly good stranger who was a drunk, belligerent man you would all be ask why on earth your team wasn’t signing him. The fact that it was a woman changes absolutely nothing.

  43. Great move by them and they woman got pushed over with his foot, not kicked!! And she deserved it, spit in his face and yelled racist things the whole time. She even admitted this.

  44. The AFC North is definitely the Browns’ for the taken. Hunt deserved another chance. Cleveland finally has a young, decent quarterback and their defense is above average. They should work on drafting wide receivers and tight ends. Let’s see what they do in this upcoming draft.

  45. “Peacefully protest police brutality — shunned for the rest of your career.
    Punch and kick a woman — get signed to a 3 year deal.”

    Has nothing to do with Kaepernick. It has to do with the Browns wanting to get a player available. I am not happy with what he did to the young lady. But he did not get a life sentence. He doesn’t have to make anything right to us, only to the lady in the video. He deserved a second chance and now he gets it. Move on

  46. “My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision making process but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him,”

    Translation: I have no moral compass and I really don’t care what he did or whether he has any remorse. It’s all about what the NFL has ALWAYS been about. Money and winning.

  47. Whoever says this is a bad signing, well, you are wrong.

    Moral high ground doesn’t win games, anywhere. Players do. Especially ones as talented as Kareem.

    Sorry KC fans, you got hosed by the person who released the video to TMZ and the knee jerk reaction by your team.

    Great pick up by Browns.

  48. “Showed true remorse.” What? He hid it and lied about it until the video came out, then made a scripted statement that his agents wrote for him. I call BS.

  49. The Browns’ window for a super bowl visit will expire soon. They will have a lot fewer top draft picks and they will be faced with paying the top picks they have megabucks or let them walk in a couple of years.

  50. What do the Browns have to lose by signing the kid and giving him another chance? I think Chubb and Hunt could make an outstanding duo to take the pressure off Baker.

  51. Say what you will about the man, but he has been punished enough, and this makes Cleveland at least 25 to 35% better…they will win 10+ games next year…

  52. J K says:
    February 11, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    If a belligerent, drunk Kareem hunt got into an altercation with a perfectly good stranger who was a drunk, belligerent man you would all be ask why on earth your team wasn’t signing him. The fact that it was a woman changes absolutely nothing.

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    This is a 200+ lb male professional football player pushing around and trying to intimidate a 100-120lb woman. The male equivalent would be a 6th-7th grade boy.
    Size matters.

  53. Talent trumps all. Second chance given due to being a good running back. If he wasn’t any good, he wouldn’t sniff a second chance. Yah right, the Browns did their “due diligence” if you want to call it that.

  54. For everyone with a problem, what would have been the appropriate amount of time for a team to wait before signing him? I mean is he ever allowed to play again or nah?

  55. The Browns use 3 back sets.. Obviously most of you don’t realize that..

    Hunt signed a one-year contract. He will be a restricted free agent after the contract expires, meaning the Browns will control his rights after next season.

    He neither was arrested nor faced charges for the February incident.

  56. Colin Kaepernick “Is” banned for kneeling but Kareem Hunt finds a new gig in 3 months? Un-freaking real!

  57. People make mistakes and, with some exceptions, deserve an opportunity to atone fot them. In fact – I am pretty sure we have ALL made mistakes (hopefully not involving an injury to a lady, but who knows). We likely didn’t have our mistakes filmed – or, being as we’re not rich and famous (if you are, congrats) – our mistake was glossed over or simply forgotten/forgiven. Likely have some skeletons in our closet too – and, if all the truth of us was known – well, in my case, I’d be in some pretty hot water – our skeletons are unknown – SOOOO our mistakes didn’t happen and we are innocent, right?

    Do you believe that PUNISHING is important? More important than sincere atonement? If the man is sincere and working on his issues diligently – why should he continue to be punished?

    Sorry folks – old military man here. The purpose of punishment is to CORRECT behavior – it benefits SOCIETY needs. Further punishment beyond that benefits INDIVIDUAL needs, and is simply wrong. Those of you that have children – do you punish them to correct behavior – or because you are mad at them?

  58. For those who keep asking why the Browns need another RB when they have Chubb and Johnson,look at some of the most successful playoff teams this year. New England has Michel, James White, and Burkhead, the Saints have Ingram and Kamara, the Rams Gurley and Anderson. See a pattern? Many successful teams use 2 or 3 backs in a rotation.
    As for the Chiefs and their ethical decision to cut Hunt, they cut him because he lied, not because of what he did. They still employ Tyreke Hill, right?
    Bottom line, Cleveland took a calculated risk here. With their record of disappointing and dysfunctional teams, they need to take some chances. Heck, they have a statue of a known domestic abuser in front of their stadium. A guy who was actually charged with a crime, unlike Hunt.

  59. SWFLPC.INC says:
    February 11, 2019 at 3:34 pm
    rkt4mayor says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    I think it is pathetic that a team like the Chiefs does the right thing and cuts a man who beats a woman just to have a team with apparently little to no standards like the Browns sign him.

    At the very least the NFL should demand that Cleveland send draft pick compensation to the Chiefs.

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    So why haven’t the Chiefs cut Tyrek Hill?
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    Hill’s incident occurred before he was drafted. Hill has not had any other problems. Hill is the definition of a young man making a mistake, learning from that mistake and deserving a second chance.

    Hunt has not shown any remorse, has not offered any apologies, and continues to get in trouble. I am sure this will end well.

  60. Earl Bedford says:
    February 12, 2019 at 12:53 am
    Colin Kaepernick “Is” banned for kneeling but Kareem Hunt finds a new gig in 3 months? Un-freaking real!
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    Kaperdink “ISN’T” banned. He’s just not good enough for any team to want to put up with his circus.

  61. I have no issue with the Browns picking him up, but if he does it again they should be held responsible…loss of picks and a large fine….

    Then we’ll see whether or not teams actually think the player has been rehabilitated…

  62. rkt4mayor says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    I think it is pathetic that a team like the Chiefs does the right thing and cuts a man who beats a woman just to have a team with apparently little to no standards like the Browns sign him.
    \
    Please, the Chiefs are just as likely to have signed him if he hadn’t been on their team. They didn’t have much of a choice.

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