According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, running back Kareem Hunt has informed the Cleveland Browns that he would like to be traded. However, it was also reported that the Browns have denied his request. Although Cleveland has disregarded his desire to be traded, there’s still plenty of room to speculate whether or not a trade will eventually come to pass. Certainly, Hunt’s now public expression to be traded may intrigue some teams to contact the Browns in hopes of acquiring the former Pro Bowl running back. It looks like Cleveland will keep Hunt in town this season during the final year of his contract, but that could easily be subject to change. So, are there teams that should try to change Cleveland’s mind and make a deal for Hunt? There are a few that come to mind.
1- Las Vegas Raiders
Over the offseason, the Raiders declined to pick up running back Josh Jacobs’ fifth-year option. With the former first-round pick set to hit free agency, it makes sense that Las Vegas would want to add another body to its running back room. With Hunt also set to hit free agency at the end of the season, the Raiders wouldn’t be on the hook to pay either player long-term. They could simply sit back and watch the two play and make a decision of who, if either, should be signed to a new contract. Not to mention, the Raiders will need to do everything they can to give themselves a competitive edge over their talented division foes. They’ll need every drop of talent they can get to make a run at the division title. With Hunt on the roster, one could argue that the Raiders would start the season with a top 10 quarterback, receiver, tight end, and running back. Hunt could be the catalyst in making this offense one of the best in the league.
2- Philadelphia Eagles
It’s hard to argue that Miles Sanders is the long-term answer at running back in Philadelphia after a disappointing 2021 season. Over the past season, Sanders rushed for 754 yards on 137 attempts without scoring a single touchdown. To put that in perspective, Hunt scored five touchdowns on only 78 rushing attempts last season. Hunt would be a major upgrade at running back, but more importantly, he would add some much-needed depth. Sanders has only appeared in 12 games in each of the past two seasons, leading to more touches for Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott. While that’s not a dismal running back room, Hunt would certainly be a gamechanger. The Eagles seem to be doing their best to surround their young quarterback Jalen Hurts with talent, adding Hunt would mirror that ideology.
3- Arizona Cardinals
Letting running back Chase Edmonds leave for the Miami Dolphins was much easier after James Conner flourished in his first season in the desert. Conner scored 18 total touchdowns in 2021, a performance that many fantasy football managers have become familiar with. However, it’s hard to imagine that Conner can keep that pace for much longer, let alone repeat it once again. An addition of Kareem Hunt would take plenty of weight off of Conner’s shoulders while still allowing him to excel in certain situations. Without star receiver DeAndre Hopkins through the first six games of the season, the Cardinals may need to emphasize their rushing attack more than in previous seasons. It’s well documented that teams led by Kliff Kingsbury have deteriorated late into the season, but that trend could slow with a deep running back room. The Cardinals made it clear that they’re ready to win now by paying quarterback Kyler Murray early. An addition like Hunt would further emphasize Arizona’s desire to compete in the NFC West.