Once the Super Bowl is over, we will turn our attention to the NFL draft and free agency. One of the things to really keep an eye on during that period is where Kareem Hunt ends up. Fresh off a nasty assault incident where he beat a woman, there are going to be teams interested simply due to him being one the top running backs in the league. When you’re young and highly productive, you get second chances in the NFL.
Here are five teams that should consider signing Hunt this offseason.
Philadelphia Eagles - Some of the most recent reports are that the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in Hunt. The Eagles have an above-average offensive line but couldn’t run the ball last season, and it didn’t help that Corey Clement, Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi were injured. Hunt comes in right away and adds a shot in the arm to this Eagles offense. Coach Doug Pederson also comes from the Andy Reid coaching tree, so he can do his own digging behind the scenes to make sure this is a move worth pursuing. Let’s also not forget the Eagles signed Michael Vick after the dog fighting incident, which was a much bigger deal than this in terms of media coverage and public perception.
Chicago Bears - The Chicago Bears have dropped hints that they would be open to the idea of signing Hunt when and if he’s cleared to join a team. Adding Hunt to a backfield that already includes Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen would give the Bears the deepest and most versatile stable of running backs in the league. There’s also a relationship here with Matt Nagy being the former offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. This move makes a ton of sense, and if the Bears want to take that next step to being Super Bowl contenders by becoming a more balanced football team, they highly consider making the move.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers clearly aren’t afraid of bad PR when you consider they drafted Jameis Winston and have kept him around despite numerous other issues popping up. The Bucs have serious potential offensively and moved the ball well last season, but the ground game was nonexistent, and guys such as Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers aren’t going to fix it. Head coach Bruce Arians knows how important it is to have a reliable running back, and he’s been around some good ones over the course of his career. Adding Hunt changes the whole feel of the Buccaneers and puts them in the playoff conversation come the 2019 seaosn.
New York Jets - Adam Gase doesn’t like big personalities or distractions given the moves he made with the Miami Dolphins, so I’m not sure how real this signing could be. However, the Jets have been linked to Le’Veon Bell this offseason. Hunt would be just as effective and cheaper than Bell, and you’re getting somebody with something to prove and won’t bail on his team the second he doesn’t feel like playing. The Jets simply need to surround Sam Darnold with as many playmakers as possible to help the young quarterback blossom. It’s been a while since the Jets have had a dominant running back. In fact, the Jets have had a different leading rusher each of the last four years. Hunt makes the Jets a much more attractive football team.
Oakland Raiders - Just win, baby! The Oakland Raiders have been one of the more forgiving teams in the league over the years and will make risky moves the rest of the league won't. Heck, trading for Martavis Bryant is one of the most recent examples of the Raiders not putting much stock into off-the-field issues. The Raiders fanbase is just as crazy. The Raiders also don’t currently have a starting running back with Marshawn Lynch, Jalen Richard (restricted) and Doug Martin all being free agents this offseason. The Raiders aren’t afraid to be the bad boys of the NFL. If all teams pass on Hunt once he's eligible to sign somewhere, you can always count on this franchise to take the risk.