Running back Kareem Hunt put in a trade request with the Cleveland Browns back in early August, but it was denied. He has since spent the first third of the NFL season as the complementary back to starter Nick Chubb. As the season rolls on, his value may only be rising at a position of little depth.
Hunt is on the final year of his current NFL contract, meaning he could walk at the end of the season and leave the Browns with only a possible compensatory pick in return. However, Cleveland has an opportunity to build for the future by trading Hunt now, so let's take a look at three likely destinations.
Kareem Hunt Trade Rumors
1. New York Jets
The Jets are off to an unexpected 5-2 start to the season and a major part of their success can be attributed to the ground game. New York is averaging 4.7 yards per carry (T-No. 12 in NFL) and that is opening up holes in the passing attack for quarterback Zach Wilson. The only problem is that standout rookie Breece Hall suffered what looked to be a significant knee injury in Week 7. The team is left with second-year pro Michael Carter and veteran Ty Johnson in the backfield. Trading a mid-round draft pick for Hunt would immediately give the Jets a new workhorse. Hunt averages 83.4 yards from scrimmage per game in his career, making this the kind of move that could catapult the Jets into the playoffs.
2. Atlanta Falcons
Another team that has been a dealt a major blow in the backfield is the Atlanta Falcons. Starter Cordarrelle Patterson has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in Week 4 and will not be back until Week 9 at the absolute earliest. The Falcons' backfield has struggled to consistently run the ball over the last two weeks, logging a total of 194 rushing yards on 57 carries (3.4-yard average). Hunt brings something to the table that Tyler Allgeier, Caleb Huntley and Avery Williams do not and that is an ability to catch the football. Hunt has posted 1,683 yards and 17 touchdowns on 191 career receptions. He could be the missing piece to the puzzle for head coach Arthur Smith and someone that helps Atlanta compete in the NFC South.
3. Philadelphia Eagles
It's safe to say the Eagles have their eyes set on a Super Bowl title after a dazzling 6-0 start to the year. Adding Hunt to the mix on offense would not be to replace starter Miles Sanders, but rather to give the team one of the best one-two punches in the NFL. Philadelphia averages the sixth-most rushing yards per game in the NFL (156.0) and earned a Super Bowl title in 2017 with a dangerous backfield duo of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi. If Sanders were to go down right now, the Eagles would be forced to rely solely on either Boston Scott or Trey Sermon. That doesn't inspire much hope. Keep in mind Sanders also enters free agency next offseason. Having the opportunity to re-sign Hunt, instead, gives Philly another option.
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