Cleveland Browns: 5 teams that could trade for Kareem Hunt
Kareem Hunt has requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns, but the team said no to the request. That won’t stop the speculation on what teams might be interested in acquiring him
Kareem Hunt, the Cleveland Browns No. 2 running back, but likely a No. 1 back on any other team in the NFL, has come out and demanded a trade over the weekend as he enters this training camp on the last year of his current contract.
According to multiple reports, the request was made, and the team has said no. Hunt has been at camp but has only been participating in individual drills and has not been involved in the team portion of the practices. That changed on Sunday when Hunt did work out again in team drills.
Hunt has been outspoken in recent weeks about his desire to get a new long-term deal done with the Browns. But the Browns have created a full room of running backs behind the two primary guys, including D’Ernest Johnson, Demetric Felton, and Jerome Ford, who they just drafted out of Cincinnati.
Hunt’s contract is in the last year and he could be owed over $6. 5 million with the incentives that are built into that contract. Most of those are based on him playing in games. Last season he missed nine games due to injury and that cost Hunt some funds.
Even with Cleveland saying that they won’t trade Hunt, that won’t stop the speculation. Maybe the two sides can come to some arrangement in the short term to give Hunt some more money upfront and not base Hunt’s salary this season mostly on games played. This may show Hunt that the Browns want to work with him but not agree on a long-term deal until after the season.
Or maybe the team simply does nothing, tells Hunt, like they just did publicly to go out and prove himself on the field before they agree to an extension.
With all this in mind let’s take a look at some teams that might consider working out a trade for Hunt even though the Browns have said they wouldn’t trade him.
5 NFL Teams that could trade for Kareem Hunt
No. 5 team: Kansas City Chiefs
Hunt began his career in Kansas City and won the rushing crown in his rookie campaign. The former Toledo Rocket was a superstar, and nothing looked to stop him and the Chiefs’ rise in the NFL.
But there were problems off the field, that were well documented in the past. Those issues led to his release, even though he was one of the best running backs in the league. The Browns stepped in and brought him to Cleveland
Now the Chiefs are struggling trying to find a new running back to help their team. They’ve had a great quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and players like tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill carry the offense but finding that back has been difficult.
They currently have Clyde Edwards-Heaire taking most of the snaps, but he’s been very inconsistent. They’re going to need a better run game too because Hill has moved on to the Miami Dolphins.
Obviously, the Chiefs cut Hunt once so they may have no interest at all, but Hunt has proven to continue to be an excellent back.