Kareem Hunt is now an ideal trade target for New York Jets

Kareem Hunt, Browns. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports
Kareem Hunt, Browns. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports /

Kareem Hunt hasn’t been as productive as he has in years past and that makes him an ideal trade target for the New York Jets.

The NFL trade deadline is right around the corner, landing on November 1 this year, and the Cleveland Browns could look to move some expiring contracts to try and recoup some lost draft capital.

Kareem Hunt is one of the players with an expiring contract that could be the perfect trade chip for those teams in the market for a running back. One team, in particular, that could be a perfect fit for Hunt’s services is the New York Jets.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini, who covers the Jets, suggested that the Jets could be in the market for Hunt if the price was right, especially after New York potentially lost rookie sensation Breece Hall to the season with an ACL injury.

Hunt has rushed 66 times for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while also catching 15-of-19 targets for 87 yards and a score. He is normally the perfect spell to Nick Chubb, but this year something seems off. In Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Ravens, Hunt did get into the end zone, but rushed the ball just five times for four yards and his lone reception was a shovel pass.

A new home in the Big Apple (well, technically New Jersey) could be what Hunt needs in order to secure another contract in the offseason.

He requested a trade in the offseason, but the Browns did not acquiesce to that request, thinking he would help keep them afloat until Deshaun Watson makes his season and Cleveland debut in December.

If Andrew Berry decides to deal Hunt, the Browns won’t be hurting at running back, as they would still have D’Ernest Johnson, Jerome Ford, Demetric Felton, and Chubb.

What could the Browns get for Kareem Hunt?

This will all depend on what the Browns could get back in return. In an ideal world, the Browns would get a draft pick and Elijah Moore, who is disgruntled with his role in the offense and requested a trade last week, but that scenario is highly unlikely.

It will be really interesting when next Tuesday’s 4 PM Trade Deadline to see whether or not Hunt remains a member of the Browns.


Nationwide once said “life comes at you fast,” and that’s true in the NFL. Not long after Hunt to the Jets became a possibility, New York added James Robinson for a sixth-round pick that could turn into a fifth.

This means Hunt is not headed to the Big Apple — and that we should temper expectations when it comes to compensation for the running back.