Kareem Hunt Signs With Cleveland BrownsPosted: Updated:
The Cleveland Browns have signed RB Kareem Hunt. It's certainly an interesting decision for many different reasons. For one, the Browns already have an excellent young running back in Nick Chubb. For two, it continues to give the NFL a horrible name when talking about these types of situations.
The Browns signed Hunt to a one-year deal on Monday less than three months after the Kansas City Chiefs cut him for the video that was released of Hunt kicking a women in February. It seems that Hunt won't be making any quick impact on the grid iron any time soon considering it is yet to be determined how long Hunt will be suspended for. It could be as little as six games or longer than one-year. The twenty-three year old signed a one-year contract with the Browns and will be a restricted free agent after the contract expires, meaning the Browns will control his rights after next season.
Kareem Hunt on signing a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns:
“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be, and I’ve learned a great deal from that experience and certainly should have been more truthful about it after the fact. I’m extremely grateful that John Dorsey, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization are granting me the opportunity to earn their trust and represent their organization in the best way possible on and off the field. I am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation. I also understand the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I have to earn my way back to the NFL. I’m a work in progress as a person, but I’m committed to taking advantage of the support systems that I have in place to become the best and healthier version of myself.”
John Dorsey on signing free agent running back Kareem Hunt:
“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. 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.”