The Cleveland Browns sent shockwaves through the entire NFL on Monday with the signing of Kareem Hunt. Despite all the controversy and baggage surrounding the Pro Bowl tailback, he found his second chance to play fairly quickly.
Hunt was released by the Kansas City Chiefs once video leaked of his physical altercation with a woman. There are also multiple incidents that emerged from his past that are currently under evaluation by the league.
One of the driving forces behind this recent signing is John Dorsey, who is the general manager of the Browns. He was the former GM of the Chiefs when they selected Hunt in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Although Dorsey feels comfortable giving Hunt a second chance in the league, Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn was clearly against the idea of adding the troublesome running back.
In fact, Quinn made several strong comments about his ideal view of the type of players he wants to sign in Detroit.
From Detroit Free Press:
“We evaluate every player on the field and off the field and in this case, we talked about internally,” Quinn said in audio of the event provided by the Lions. “It was just a player that we didn’t feel comfortable bringing to the Lions for numerous issues, and I stand by that. That’s my word and I want good players and I want good people in this organization.”
It’s hard to fault Quinn for not wanting to take the risk, even if it means avoiding an extremely productive player on the open market.
Not only is the expectation around the league that Hunt will miss significant time due to an inevitable suspension, but it’s also a move that comes with backlash from fans and the media.
Only time will tell if the Browns can get Hunt back on the right path when it comes to his actions off the field.