Browns RB Kareem Hunt Faces One Big Issue in Hopes for Big Free Agent Contract

By michael obermuller
Kareem Hunt will become a free agent again in 2021, but what level of interest will he get from teams?
Kareem Hunt will become a free agent again in 2021, but what level of interest will he get from teams? / Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

It has been a fall from grace for Kareem Hunt since his explosive rookie season that broke records for the Kansas City Chiefs. Off-the-field issues have almost derailed Hunt's career more than once, but the Cleveland Browns have elected to give the talent a second chance or two.

Skill has never been the problem for Hunt, and although he still has plenty left to offer on the field (turning 25 in August), no one knows what kind of baggage they might be receiving if they give the running back a long-term deal. An unrestricted free agent in 2021, Hunt will be looking to prove he deserves one.

Currently splitting carries with Nick Chubb, one of the top young running backs in football, Hunt will have to make the most of his opportunities. More importantly, he'll have to keep himself out of trouble in his personal life.

Neither of those concerns are even the biggest issues for Hunt's contract hopes, though. The larger problem is the competition he'll face from both the upcoming draft class and free agency.

It would be very unlikely that the Browns pay both Chubb and Hunt long-term with other contracts on the horizon like quarterback Baker Mayfield. That means Kareem may be a true free agent next year.

The question is, with this oversaturated pool of players, how many teams will be in the market for a veteran running back? And with all Hunt's possible baggage, how can he separate himself from the other big names hitting the market?

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