Browns re-sign running back Kareem Hunt after star Nick Chubb lost for season with left knee injury


BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Kareem Hunt ran right back to the Browns.

Desperate to find a quality running back after losing star Nick Chubb for the season, the Browns have reunited with Hunt, who was available as a free agent and is expected to be able to help Cleveland’s offense immediately.

The team is giving Hunt a one-year deal worth up to $4 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Hunt’s deal includes numerous incentives, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team is not making the terms public.

A Cleveland-area native, Hunt spent four seasons with the Browns before the team decided not to re-sign him this offseason. His departure came following a turbulent 2022 during which he asked for a new contract and to be traded.

Because he already knows the system, the 28-year-old Hunt can step right in and likely will play Sunday when the Browns (1-1) host the Tennessee Titans (1-1).

Hunt will back up Jerome Ford, who came off the bench and ran for 106 yards on Monday after Chubb got hurt. Hunt visited several teams over the summer but stayed in the area and was available.

Hunt visited the Browns on Tuesday and the sides quickly worked out a deal.

Chubb is facing more surgery on his left knee after tearing ligaments when he was hit by Pittsburgh safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The four-time Pro Bowler sustained a major injury to the same knee in 2015 when he played at Georgia.

The team placed Chubb on injured reserve.

Hunt and Chubb once gave the Browns the top 1-2 running back tandem in the NFL. Hunt rushed for 1,874 yards and 16 touchdowns in four seasons with Cleveland. He was also effective as a pass catcher, getting 211 receptions for 1,806 yards.

Hunt led the league in rushing as a rookie in 2017 for Kansas City. His career took a turn the following year after video surfaced of him pushing a woman in the hallway of a hotel in downtown Cleveland.

He was suspended for the first eight games in 2019.

Hunt had a turbulent 2022 season with the Browns. Unable to get a new contract, he drew the ire of coaches by sitting out drills in training camp. Hunt wound up playing in all 17 games but wasn’t as effective while running for 468 yards and adding 210 receiving.



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