On Wednesday, September 20th, 2023 the Cleveland Browns announced that they are bringing back the previously unsigned running back, Kareem Hunt, in order to help the Cleveland Browns reconstruct their offensive backfield in the wake of the recent season - ending knee injury to the NFL All - Pro rusher in Nick Chubb.
Kareem Hunt’s new Contract with the Cleveland Browns
The terms of Hunt’s new deal were not disclosed as of Wednesday, September 20th, 2023, but rumors that have been currently circulating say that Hunt has agreed to a 1 - year contract worth up to approximately $4 million. Nick Chubb was placed on National Football League’s injured reserve list in a corresponding move this week.
The Cleveland Browns Double Headed Rushing Attack
Running backs Hunt and Chubb both played the past 4 - NFL seasons together, forming one of the National Football League's most potent rushing tandems in professional football.
Kareem will now team up with the Cleveland Browns 2nd - year running back Jerome Ford, who is presently forced with the difficult task to try and replace Chubb along with the assistance of Hunt.
Hunt's unforgettable familiarity with the Cleveland Browns' current offensive scheme should play a significant role moving forward as the now 1 and 1 Cleveland Browns look to try and compete for the very much up in the air AFC North division of the NFL. Although Ford is expected to be the Cleveland Browns starting running back at this point, look for Kareem to slowly but surely get an increasing work load as the season progresses dependent upon Hunt’s overall production out of the backfield for the possibly resurgent 2023 - 2024 Cleveland Browns.
Hunt has compiled a total of 1,874 - rushing yards from 2019 to 2022 with the Cleveland Browns. Kareem has averaged 4.2 - yards per carry, and he scored 16 - rushing touchdowns during his time in the National Football League. Hunt has also caught 132 - passes out of the offensive backfield which was good for 973 - receiving yards as well as pulling down 7 - touchdown receptions.
The native of the Cleveland - area (Kareem Hunt) decided to ask for a trade last season following the Cleveland Browns declining to grant him a satisfying contract extension. The Cleveland Browns, however, could not get a deal done prior to the NFL’s trade deadline, and Hunt finished the 2022 - 2023 NFL season with the Cleveland Browns.
Since last March, Hunt had visited with several teams that included the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, but Hunt chose to remain an unsigned NFL free agent up until now where he finds himself back in the brown and orange once again.
Chubb severely injured his left knee during the 2nd - quarter of last Monday night's Cleveland Browns loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the final score of 26 to 22. Chubb ultimately had to be carted off of the field unfortunately ending Nick’s 2023 - 2024 NFL campaign. The Cleveland Browns’ head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed earlier this week that Chubb's injury would definitely require major surgery in order to repair his heavily damaged left knee.
"You don't replace Nick Chubb," the Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski stated. "You just don't do that. Great players in the league, you look around, they go out. It's always not one person that replaces a player of [Chubb's] caliber. So, everybody's got to do a little bit more, a little bit more everywhere."
The NFL Background of Running Back Kareem Hunt
Kareem was initially a 2017 3rd - round NFL draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs, and Hunt spent his 1st - 2 - NFL seasons of his pro football career in Kansas City with the powerhouse Chiefs led by the elite NFL quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, the amazing play - making tight end in Travis Kelce, and one the league’s best head coached in Andy Reid.
Hunt won the Rookie of the Year Award back in 2017, and Kareem led the NFL in rushing yards that same football season. Since the Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt back in 2018, Kareem played for the Cleveland Browns previously from 2019 up until the present day although he was an unsigned running back at the start of the 2023 - 2024 NFL season.
Hunt’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2017)
- NFL Rushing Yards Leader (2017)
- PFWA All - Rookie Team Selection (2017)
- PFWA Rookie of the Year Award Winner (2017)
- 2 - Time First - Team All - MAC Selection (2014, 2016)
- Second - Team All - MAC Selection (2015)
Chubb’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- Second - Team NFL All - Pro Selection (2022)
- 4 - Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
- First - Team All - SEC Selection (2014)
- Second - Team All - SEC Selection (2017)
- SEC Freshman of the Year Award Winner (2014)
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“Kareem Hunt”, pro-football-reference.com, September 20, 2023.
“Nick Chubb”, pro-football-reference.com, September 20, 2023.