Could Seattle make a play for Browns running back Kareem Hunt?
The Cleveland Browns are deep at running back so do they trade Kareem Hunt to the Seattle Seahawks after word got out of their veteran running back retiring?
Could the Cleveland Browns get a call about Kareem Hunt soon?
On Tuesday, the news broke that the Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson is retiring from the team due to a neck injury.
The Seahawks were thin, to begin with at the position this season so it would make sense for them to look to the trade market for some depth, and the Browns are a team that has plenty of that.
When you look at the Seahawks’ current group of running backs at their training camp this week, you don’t see a hugely talented squad. Their No. 1guy is Rashaad Penny who was drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
His best season was last year when he ran for 749 yards on only 119 carries, which ends up being an impressive 6.3 yards per carry. That also happened despite him starting just six games, so Penny does seem to have some talent.
The rest of the backs in Seattle don’t have as much experience or talent. They did draft Kenneth Walker III out of Michigan State. He was an excellent runner for the Spartans last year as he ran for 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns. But, while he has the ability, he’ll only be a rookie.
Cleveland has the talent and experience that would benefit the Seahawks’ run game in Hunt, who is in the last season of his current contract. He’s reportedly wanting to re-sign with the Browns, but the NFL is a business. If he was traded at this point, Cleveland would save $3.37 million and absorb $1.5 in dead cap space.
Hunt has had a terrific three years in Cleveland and is a fan favorite. He grew up in Cleveland and attended college nearby at Toledo, so if he were traded it would be a difficult decision by the team and many fans would certainly be upset. Hunt and teammate Nick Chubb make up one of the best duos in the NFL and it would be a tough breakup.
The other two players that might be trade bait from the Browns would be D’Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton. Johnson has been the main substitute for Chubb and Hunt over the past two seasons and has done very well in their absence.
Felton was drafted in Round 6 a year ago out of UCLA. He was used in a variety of ways by the team last season. He returned kicks, rushed the ball, and caught a few passes. But the team is stacked at the running back position and he could make sense for Seattle.
We’ll have to follow the breadcrumbs over the coming days and weeks but making a trade between these two teams makes some sense, so stay tuned.