League discipline will determine impact of Kareem Hunt signing on Nick Chubb

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Browns General Manager John Dorsey drafted Kareem Hunt when he held the same job in Kansas City and he said Hunt “deserves a second chance” in explaining why the Browns signed Hunt to a one-year deal on Monday.

That second chance will likely eat into the playing time of another running back that Dorsey selected in the 2018 draft. The Browns nabbed Nick Chubb with a second-round pick and handed him the lead role in the backfield when they traded Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars in October.

Chubb ran for 823 yards on 176 carries after Hyde was sent packing and his pairing with first-round pick Baker Mayfield helped spur the Browns to a winning record in the second half of the season. How much that pairing is impacted will be determined by the league office.

Hunt is almost certainly going to be suspended for the multiple off-field incidents in 2018, including shoving and kicking a woman, that led the Chiefs to cut him and led the league to put him on the Commissioner Exempt list last year. Chubb will get to continue in his 2018 role as long as Hunt is out of the picture and continued success for him and/or the team is going to make it hard for anything to change on that front.

Hunt’s arrival may wind up having a bigger impact on Duke Johnson, who has largely seen action in the passing game during his time in Cleveland. Chubb didn’t contribute much as a receiver while Hunt has 10 touchdown catches over his 27 games in the NFL, so that would seem to be the easiest path to integrating him into the lineup once he’s eligible to resume his playing career. That could also include formations with both backs as the Browns try to put as much talent on the field as possible.

Where things go from there is anybody’s guess, but there’s not much reason to think Chubb’s role will be changing early in the 2019 season.

21 responses to “League discipline will determine impact of Kareem Hunt signing on Nick Chubb

  1. I’d guess an 8-10 game minimum suspension with a required number of hours in counseling and the passing of some kind of domestic violence/anger course. Before he is allowed back on the field. Anything less than this with that video out there is going to be viewed upon publicly as too lenient.

  2. >.I’d guess an 8-10 game minimum suspension with a required number of hours in counseling and the passing of some kind of domestic violence/anger course. Before he is allowed back on the field. Anything less than this with that video out there is going to be viewed upon publicly as too lenient.

    8-10 games is too much.
    6 games is the current standard.
    What he did was wrong but he didn’t beat her up, punching her in the face, etc.
    A domestic violence/anger course sounds like a good idea.

  3. Looks like Dorsey is spending some of his goodwill capital on this one.

    It’s not that high risk of a move. They can cut him loose if it doesn’t work out. Or they get a player and retain rights to him after this season.

    Biggest risk is whether being in his hometown helps or hurts his efforts to be a good citizen.

  4. Hunt should, after some level of punishment, be allowed back into the league but the Browns was o e of the most unlikely spots. Doesnt make much sense.
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    Until you remember that Hunt is from the greater Cleveland area (local kid) and Dorsey drafted him into the NFL. My guess is that this really impacts Duke Johnson the most – there’s enough on the “buffet” to feed Chubb & Hunt.

  5. I like Nick Chubb, and think he’s a great player. But he’s not half the RB Kareem Hunt is. Top 3 back in the league, easily.

  6. Chubb shared a backfield with Sony Michel at Georgia. Kareem Hunt could play similar role with the Browns.

  7. I’d love to see Chubb & Hunt as another famous RB duo… Mack & Byner on the Browns in the ’80s.

  8. Chubb ran for 850+ yards in only 10 games, he didn’t even start until week 6 because of Carlos Hyde. Had he started the full season, he may have been better than Saquan Barkley. Duke is the odd man out here.

  9. arclight1972 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    >.I’d guess an 8-10 game minimum suspension with a required number of hours in counseling and the passing of some kind of domestic violence/anger course. Before he is allowed back on the field. Anything less than this with that video out there is going to be viewed upon publicly as too lenient.

    8-10 games is too much.
    6 games is the current standard.
    What he did was wrong but he didn’t beat her up, punching her in the face, etc.
    A domestic violence/anger course sounds like a good idea

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    If you’re an Adam Schefter guy the early word looks closer to that 10 game range, possibly more.

    Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt could be suspended up to 10 or 12 games as a result of the domestiv violence incident he was involved in last year according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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