A supply informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Hunt signed a one-year contract. He might be a restricted free agent after the contract expires, that means the Browns will management his rights after subsequent season.
The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs launched Hunt in December after a video surfaced that confirmed him shoving and kicking a lady final February at his residence in Cleveland.
He neither was arrested nor confronted prices for the February incident. He additionally was accused of punching a person in June.
Exterior the Traces interviewed witnesses and reviewed police paperwork and practically 4 hours of officer bodycam video for essentially the most full account to this point of the evening that jeopardized Kareem Hunt’s NFL profession.
The NFL positioned Hunt on the commissioner’s exempt listing shortly earlier than he was launched. He isn’t eligible to play till the NFL completes its investigation into the incidents and a choice on potential self-discipline is made.
A supply near the state of affairs informed ESPN’s Dan Graziano that the self-discipline course of was “nonetheless ongoing and nowhere close to carried out.” A supply informed Graziano that Hunt met with NFL investigators in January as a part of the method.
Hunt, now that he has signed, will once more be positioned on the commissioner’s exempt listing till the NFL makes a ultimate resolution on self-discipline.
Browns common supervisor John Dorsey drafted Hunt for the Chiefs in 2017, when Dorsey was the staff’s GM.
“My relationship and interplay with Kareem since 2016 in school was an necessary a part of this resolution making course of however we then did in depth due diligence with many people, together with medical professionals, to have a greater understanding of the individual he’s immediately and whether or not it was prudent to signal him,” Dorsey stated in a press release.
“There have been two necessary elements: one is that Kareem took full duty for his egregious actions and confirmed true regret and secondly, simply as importantly, he’s present process and is dedicated to crucial skilled therapy and a plan that has been clearly laid out.”
Hunt, 23, apologized to the lady within the February incident, the Chiefs group and his household in an interview with ESPN after his launch.
He apologized once more within the Browns’ assertion on Monday.
“First off, I wish to as soon as once more apologize for my actions final yr. What I did was unsuitable and inexcusable. That’s not the person I used to be raised to be, and I’ve discovered an amazing deal from that have and positively ought to have been extra truthful about it after the actual fact. I am extraordinarily grateful that John Dorsey, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns group are granting me the chance to earn their belief and symbolize their group in the easiest way attainable on and off the sphere,” he stated.
“I’m dedicated to following the required steps to study and to be a greater and more healthy individual from this case. I additionally perceive the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I’ve to earn my manner again to the NFL. I am a piece in progress as an individual, however I am dedicated to making the most of the help methods that I’ve in place to develop into one of the best and more healthy model of myself.”
“I’m dedicated to following the required steps to study and to be a greater and more healthy individual from this case. I additionally perceive the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I’ve to earn my manner again to the NFL.”
Dorsey stated the Browns “absolutely perceive and respect the complexity of questions and points in signing a participant with Kareem’s historical past and don’t condone his actions.”
“Given what we learn about Kareem by means of our in depth analysis, we imagine he deserves a second probability however definitely with the understanding that he has to undergo vital and important steps to develop into a performing member of this group, except for what the NFL determines from their ongoing investigation,” Dorsey stated.
“We absolutely perceive that Kareem is topic to self-discipline by the NFL. Right here on the Browns, there’s a detailed plan with expectations laid out that he understands and should comply with, as a result of any comparable incident won’t be tolerated. We’ll help Kareem by means of this course of and make the most of our assets, nevertheless permitted, to assist him develop into profitable on and off the sphere so long as he continues to indicate the dedication essential to symbolize this group.”
Hunt led the NFL in dashing in 2017 as a rookie with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in serving to Kansas Metropolis qualify for the playoffs. He additionally had 53 receptions for 455 yards and three touchdowns. Final season, he rushed for 824 yards and 7 touchdowns in 11 video games and had seven receiving touchdowns earlier than he was launched.
Hunt’s signing is a little bit of a shock given the Browns have a proficient corps of backs. Nick Chubb ran for 996 yards in 9 begins as a rookie, and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. The staff additionally has Duke Johnson, who’s a really achieved change-of-pace again and receiver out of the backfield. Johnson additionally averaged 5 yards per carry (on 40 carries) in 2018, and in 2017 had 1,041 complete yards and 7 touchdowns. The Browns signed Johnson to a three-year, $15.6 million contract final June. He’s below contract with the Browns by means of the 2021 season.
ESPN’s Pat McManamon contributed to this report.