3 NFL Teams Who Should Sign Free Agent RB Kareem Hunt After Week 2

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There was a time when Kareem Hunt was one of the best running backs in the NFL, but off-the-field issues ultimately derailed what appeared to be a very promising career.

Hunt was last seen playing for the Cleveland Browns in 2022, where he totaled a modest 468 yards and three touchdowns while catching 35 passes for 210 yards and a score as Nick Chubb’s backup.

Currently unsigned, Hunt is one of the biggest names remaining on the free-agent market. It seems hard to imagine the 28-year-old will end 2023 without a team, especially as the season progresses and things like injuries happen.

Now that we are two weeks into the year, here are three teams who should consider signing Hunt to bolster their backfield:

Cleveland Browns

How about re-joining the club with whom Kareem Hunt spent the past four NFL seasons?

The Browns are now in need of a rusher after their star halfback, the aforementioned Chubb, suffered a gruesome knee injury during the club’s Monday night loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, knocking him out for the remainder of the year.

Hunt would make plenty of sense as a replacement. He has familiarity with Browns’ offense, and while he isn’t exactly Chubb, he brings a brand of versatility that could, at the very least, keep defenses off balance.

The University of Toledo product wasn’t exactly enthralled with his role in Cleveland’s offense last season and ultimately asked for a trade, a demand the Browns declined. However, with Chubb out, Hunt could potentially step in as the featured back for Cleveland.

Los Angeles Rams

The Cam Akers experiment does not appear to be working in Los Angeles, meaning that the Rams could certainly use another running back.

Kyren Williams appears to be LA’s No. 1 back at the moment, but it seems doubtful that Sean McVay is going to put too much faith in the fifth-round pick from 2022.

While Kareem Hunt may not be the same elite all-purpose halfback he was back in 2017, he could still likely offer more than both Akers and Williams and provide the Rams’ offense with a much-needed boost.

Los Angeles is two seasons removed from a Super Bowl victory, and after a disappointing, injury-riddled 2022 NFL campaign, the Rams are surely hungry to get back there. Hunt could definitely help them do that.

Indianapolis Colts

With Jonathan Taylor’s future in Indianapolis in limbo, the Colts may very well be in the market for a running back. That is, unless they are putting all of their eggs in Zack Moss’ basket, which probably is not the case.

Indy is an interesting potential destination for Hunt, as rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson could certainly benefit from Kareem Hunt’s versatility in the backfield.

While the Colts also have issues beyond their rushing attack, bringing Hunt into the mix would at least somewhat assuage the problems they are surely to have in their ground game sans Taylor. Of course, there is no guarantee Taylor, who is currently on the PUP list and is embroiled in a contract dispute with the front office, has played his last game as a Colt, but in the event that he has, Hunt would be a good place for Indianapolis to look.

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