1. Kareem Hunt, Running Back
There was a time when it looked as though the Cleveland running game was going to produce two 1,000-yard runners with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Back in 2020, Chubb finished with 1,067 yards and Hunt — who was in the first year of a three-year extension — had 841 yards.
While they came close, 2021 was expected to be the season that happened. Unfortunately, Hunt missed nine games and ended the year with just 386 yards. The offense did seem to miss his explosiveness and Hunt tried to parlay that into an extension this season.
When that didn’t happen, he requested a trade and the Browns said no. However, despite a great game in Week 1, the former league-leading rusher never got rolling as he did in 2020 despite being healthy.
This led to Cleveland reportedly seeking a trade partner at the deadline, but there was no interest from other teams despite a minimal asking price.
He went on to finish the season with Cleveland but continued to struggle to find his footing. He ended the year with plenty of single-digit outputs and wasn’t breaking tackles as he did early in his career.
Sadly, this is the life of an NFL running back as they get abused more than most positions and start to break down earlier due to that. Perhaps Hunt will find the fountain of youth and get back to what he was early in his career, but he’s going to have to get that chance with another franchise as the Browns will head into 2023 with Chubb and Jerome Ford as their new one-two punch.