3 Cleveland Browns most likely playing their final season with team
No. 2 – Kareem Hunt
One guy who seems to never get enough appreciation until the season starts is Kareem Hunt. It’s hard to fall in love with a second-string running back, but this guy could be a starter on a lot of teams in the NFL. On top of that, he runs so hard with no regard for his body and fights for every yard imaginable. He has a fire about him that can be contagious for the entire offense.
Hunt started with the Browns after some off-field issues ran him out of Kansas City. Cleveland is home for Hunt and up until now, he has taken a bit of a home-town discount which has been fantastic for the Browns. Hunt is making just over $6 million in 2022, and a running back-hungry team will likely be ready to pay him that or more in 2023.
With Nick Chubb under contract through 2024 and Watson having a cap hit just under $55 million next year, Hunt is a luxury the Browns won’t be able to afford. It will be tough seeing him leave, but this team will need to focus its money on other positions.
Remember, Jerome Ford showed a lot of life in the preseason and a few limited snaps he has seen in 2022. It’s going to be a downgrade, but the Browns at least know Ford is capable of being a second running back on an NFL roster.