The Cleveland Browns, and especially their fanbase, are shellshocked after dropping to 1-1 on Monday Night Football with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That feeling has less to do with the loss, although the offensive struggles are a problem, and more to do with the loss of RB Nick Chubb for the season.
As HC Kevin Stefanski noted, there is no replacing Chubb. In the opinion of many, Chubb is the best back in the NFL.
Yesterday came word that the Browns hope to offset the loss by finding another running back and had Kareem Hunt in for a visit. The local kid with four years of experience with the team seemed to have moved on from Cleveland, and vice versa, prior to Chubb’s injury.
According to Mary Kay Cabot, the reunion is likely and could happen on Wednesday:
Hunt didn’t have his normal burst last season but knows the team and system. The former Toledo star also is good friends with Chubb and could be returning in a way of picking up the baton from his fallen brother.
Since Cabot’s report, we now have a report that he is signing with Cleveland. Perhaps nuanced wording differentiates these reports:
BREAKING: Kareem Hunt is signing with the #Browns, per sources.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) September 20, 2023
Hunt returns to Cleveland following Nick Chubb’s devastating knee injury Monday night.
A former Pro Bowler and rushing champ, Hunt has averaged a stellar 4.5 YPC during his career. He’s also a very skilled… pic.twitter.com/WoBHCDqMZF
Shortly after, we got multiple reports that Hunt was signing and details on his new contract:
The #Browns are signing their own former RB Kareem Hunt, agreeing to terms with him on a 1-year deal worth up to $4M. After a multi-stop journey, he lands back home. On a visit yesterday, he now can help the team deal with the loss of star Nick Chubb. pic.twitter.com/yxqv9VC8WD— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2023
If Hunt reaches the $4 million amount, he will be one of the highest paid backup running backs in the NFL.
While Jerome Ford is likely to be the team’s primary running back, Hunt would provide them with a solid third down back that might fit better in the spread offense likely to become more frequent.
How do you feel about Hunt’s return?