Kareem Hunt, the Browns No. 2 running back, has signed a two-year contract worth $13.25 million to remain Nick Chubb’s fantasy handcuff!
Known to fantasy players as one of the worst (or best) handcuffs in the league, Hunt has signed on for two more seasons in Cleveland. The contract will pay him $13.25 million with $8.5 million of that money guaranteed at signing. Kareem Hunt signed an initial contract with the Browns after he was released from the Chiefs, following a video of domestic violence surfacing online. Nick Chubb finished as the No. 2 running back in the NFL in terms of yardage (narrowly behind Derrick Henry), Hunt managed to steal away just 43 carries for 179 yards and 37 catches for 285 yards with three total touchdowns over eight games, following on from his suspension. This deal seems a little rich for a player who contributed very little, however, with Kevin Stefanski now in the fold, he must have big plans to utilise Hunt more this season.
Before Kareem Hunt signed on with the Browns he was electric. In 29 games he compiled 2,151 rushing yards at 4.8 yards per carry to go with 79 catches for 833 yards and a total of 25 touchdowns. The general manager, Andrew Berry has come out with this statement “Kareem Hunt is a core component of our offence. He has been a great teammate, outstanding worker, and steadfast in his desire to have success in his hometown for the long term.” Maybe in this new offence, Hunt will be utilised much more in the passing game and they will allow Chubb to take on the workhorse role he deserves. When it’s time for Chubb to get a new deal it’ll be interesting how they do it as the trend has been not paying your running backs, so it’s highly unlikely that they’d pay two. Hopefully, it doesn’t come down to one of them getting injured!