Following their own investigation, the Browns signed Hunt to a one-year contract Monday, giving the former star Chiefs running back a second chance after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman.
Hunt, 23, was released November 30 by the Chiefs after video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel last February. Within just a few hours, Hunt was released by the Chiefs.
The team knew Hunt was facing significant discipline when it signed him to a one-year, $1.1 million deal, which carried a base salary of $645,000, a roster bonus of $275,000 and a workout bonus of $55,000.
Hunt's suspension takes effect August 31, the date of final roster reductions.
The NFL has been criticized in the past for inconsistency with suspension length for various offenses. The rulebook has been updated to six game suspension now, so it is likely that Hunt could have used that. Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance but certainly with the understanding that he has to go through critical and essential steps to become a performing member of this organization, aside from what the National Football League determines from their ongoing investigation.
The league said Hunt has told them he's committed to "available resources" and he has pledged to live up his obligations. "I respect the league's decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell last week", Hunt said in a statement issued by the Browns. He is scheduled to be a restricted free agent in March 2019.
Hunt's suspension stems from a pair of incidents that took place while when he was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. I know that my behaivor hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them. The kick from Hunt, which is shown in the video, was reportedly not included in police reports by either party. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. "My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization, and this community through my actions will continue". "Now, the act he did past year was very egregious, we all know that". He also had 53 receptions for 455 yards and three touchdowns.
Before that, he was on pace to match or beat his 1327 rushing yards and had seven rushing touchdowns to go along with seven receiving touchdowns before being released.