What a play on words.
Running back Kareem Hunt is a difficult player for the Browns to have and it’s for a crazy reason. It’s the fact that he’s so good, yet the starting running back in Nick Chubb is even better. There isn’t enough room for these two to play together on the Browns. Let’s take a look at this year, a 2-5 record so far, by the way…
Nick Chubb: 126 attempts, 740 yards (5.9 average) eight touchdowns.
Kareem Hunt: 66 attempts, 263 (4.0 average) three touchdowns.
Did you know that in 2017 with Kansas City, Kareem Hunt had 272 attempts for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns? This man can run the football.
The trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Browns are looking for a 4th-round pick for Hunt in a trade. Hunt’s contract expires at the end of this season, so any team trading for him is going for it all this season. (Obviously with the potential to re-sign Hunt, but that’s up to them and their front office etc.)
The Browns do not have a first-round pick in this upcoming draft due to the DeShaun Watson trade made this past offseason. Thus, adding assets does make sense in some way. However, a 4th-round pick…meh.
Via FanDuel this is what Nick Chubb said on the possible trade:
Chubb looked quite somber when discussing the trade rumors with the media on Thursday. He told reporters that he “loves” playing with Hunt and that “he’s a great teammate.” When asked if the duo discussed any trade rumors, the 26-year-old said that they hadn’t, understandably.
Here’s the deal. I think losing Hunt from this locker room will certainly hurt. However, would a 4th round selection really be of true value in the future? It’s certainly not replacing the first-round that’s gone from the Watson trade. It is a pick, though. Who truly knows…
All trading Hunt does is allow Chubb to get even more carries. That’s a good thing. I can totally see whatever team Hunt gets traded to, when the Browns play them in the future, he rushes for like 130 yards and two touchdowns to beat his hometown team in a blowout.
The Browns never really found a way to use the two together effectively and a trade looks inevitable. We shall see if the front office is able to get anything of value for Hunt and if Monday Night will truly be his last game in a Browns uniform against the Bengals.
If it is, thanks for everything, Kareem. You’ll be missed here in Cleveland.