Everyone has their opinion on Kareem Hunt. What he did was reprehensible and there is literally video evidence of him kicking and shoving a woman in Cleveland, of all places.
The Browns took a chance on him, despite his eight-game suspension to start the season. Financially, it may not cost the team much.
“The contract is worth a total of $1.1 million; however, it’s not going to be easy for Hunt to collect all of that. The biggest part of Hunt’s contract is his base salary, which will pay him a total of $645,000 in 2019. The running back will also get paid a $25,000 bonus for every game that he’s on the Browns’ active roster. Hunt can also collect another $55,000 if he meets the criteria for his offseason workout bonus.”ESPN
What we know is that for the first eight games, it’s going to be Nick Chubb (the obvious starter) and Duke Johnson Jr. as the flex-back. Johnson is not happy about this idea of Hunt coming back for the second half of the season and I can’t really blame him for that in many ways.
In 2018, Duke had 47 catches for 429 yards and three touchdowns, as well as 201 rushing yards, too.
Johnson wants a new agent to get a trade done and him out of Cleveland, so he can be in a better role, in his eyes, for the entire year.
Some agent news: #Browns RB Duke Johnson has moved on from his previous representation and is currently without an agent. Johnson had requested a trade from Cleveland and stayed away during most of the offseason. Will a new agent take it in a new direction?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 9, 2019
Duke. We finally have a team that has the potential to be a contender and you want out?
There are so many things that can go wrong with Kareem Hunt! He could slip up again, fail a drug test, become out of shape amongst a plethora of other problems.
While he is a great player, there are no guarantees.
What is guaranteed, Duke, is your money and the first eight games of the season in that flex role. If you play well to start the year, I don’t see any reason why the Browns would limit your role in the back half of the season.
A dream situation for Browns fans would be going into the playoffs with three solid backs that are healthy. However, injuries and so much more can happen throughout the course of a season, which is why depth is so vital.
It’s better to be safe than sorry and I would certainly keep Duke on the roster in a role he has been so great at throughout the course of his career.
Update*** Duke has hired a new agent in Drew Rosenhaus and seems set on trying to get traded out of Cleveland. More to come!