The Los Angeles Rams find themselves in need of a running back after Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles earlier this week. Although the organization plans to move forward with in-house options, many around the league believe they’ll pursue a trade or a free agent before Week 1 of the regular season.
While that might be the case, it sounds like the Rams won’t be able to strike a deal with the Cleveland Browns.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns “aren’t interested” in dealing Kareem Hunt should the Rams or another team come calling. Instead, Cleveland plans to hang onto the productive running back and continue to operate with a two ballcarrier system.
The report comes as no surprise after Hunt managed to establish himself as consistent and vital contributor for the Browns last year. Alongside Nick Chubb, the two running backs form the most fearsome tandem in the league and will expect to be successful again in 2021.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 25, 2021
Hunt, 25, tallied 1,145 yards from scrimmage in 2020 on a combined 236 touches. He proved to be a valuable asset in both the rushing and the passing games, scoring 11 total touchdowns in the regular season.
The 2017 Pro Bowler was the team’s second leading rusher last season behind Chubb, but the Browns experienced very little drop off to their explosive rushing attack with Hunt in the game. Head coach Kevin Stefanski used both ballcarriers in a variety of ways in 2020 and will surely be looking to do more of the same this fall.
The Browns decision to hold onto Hunt may create some difficulty for the Rams, but will bode well for the city of Cleveland. With the offense back at full strength in 2021, Stefanski and co. should be able to compete for an AFC North title.