Eagles Mull Signing Ex-Chiefs RBKareem Huntfor Backfield Depth

The Philadelphia Eagles are considering signing free agent running back Kareem Hunt, who was not re-signed by the Cleveland Browns this offseason. Hunt would join a backfield featuring Saquon Barkley and Kenneth Gainwell if he lands in Philadelphia.

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Eagles Mull Signing Ex-Chiefs RBKareem Huntfor Backfield Depth

Eagles Mull Signing Ex-Chiefs RBKareem Huntfor Backfield Depth

The Philadelphia Eagles are considering bolstering their running back depth by signing free agent Kareem Hunt, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. Hunt, who was not re-signed by the Browns this offseason, would join a backfield featuring Saquon Barkley and Kenneth Gainwell if he lands in Philadelphia.

Hunt, 27, spent the past four seasons with the Browns after beginning his NFL career with the Chiefs in 2017. He led the league in rushing as a rookie with 1,327 yards and made the Pro Bowl. However, his tenure in Kansas City came to an abrupt end in 2018 when video surfaced of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman, leading to his release.

The Browns signed Hunt in 2019 after he served an eight-game suspension. He formed a potentone-two punchwith Nick Chubb in Cleveland's backfield over the past three seasons. In 2022, Hunt rushed for 468 yards and three touchdowns while adding 35 receptions for 210 yards and a score in 17 games as the Browns reached the playoffs.

Despite retaining several key free agents, the Browns opted not to bring back Hunt for the 2024 season. This leaves running back as a potential area of need, even with the talented roster assembled in Cleveland. Hunt now hits free agency as one of the biggest names still available at his position.

The Eagles, meanwhile, could view Hunt as a valuable addition to their running back room. Philadelphia already has a star in Barkley, acquired via trade from the Giants, and a promising young back in Gainwell. But Hunt would provide a proven veteran presence with a track record of production as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield.

If the Eagles do sign Hunt, it would mark a fresh start for the talented but controversial running back. At age 27, Hunt likely still has productive football ahead of him. Joining a contender like Philadelphia could give him the opportunity to rehabilitate his image while chasing a Super Bowl ring. The Eagles will have to weigh the risk and reward as they mull adding Kareem Hunt to an already impressive roster.