Kareem Hunt Rumors: RB Expected to Sign with Team 'Sooner Rather Than Later'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2019

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - NOVEMBER 11:  Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kareem Hunt was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2018 season and has been on the Commissioner's Exempt List after video surfaced of him pushing and kicking a woman in an altercation at a Cleveland hotel, but Hunt reportedly isn't expected to be without a job for long this offseason.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, "Multiple teams have expressed interest in Hunt, and it now appears the former Chiefs running back will have a job 'sooner rather than later,' one league source told ESPN."

Schefter added Hunt "has been undergoing anger-management counseling daily" and "appears to be making progress with the counseling, which has helped him draw the interest of some teams, sources said."

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Sunday morning, meanwhile, that the NFL's investigation into Hunt is expected to be concluded before the start of free agency in March. The league is currently investigating Hunt for three incidents: "Along with the assault on a female in a Cleveland area hotel from last February, there is also an apparent altercation at a club and an incident where he allegedly punched a man at a resort."

NFL investigators have not yet spoken to Hunt, and it's unknown what his suspension will be upon his reinstatement.

Schefter noted the Chicago Bears were "the first team to openly acknowledge that they would consider signing Hunt, but there are others, according to sources."

From a purely on-field perspective, Hunt has been excellent in his career, rushing for 2,151 yards and 10 touchdowns in 27 career games. He was a 2017 Pro Bowler and looked primed to become one of the league's elite running backs before he was released by the Chiefs. 

That on-field production, combined with the fact he's just 23 years old, may be enough for teams to look past his off-field conduct. Based on Schefter's report from Sunday, it appears several teams are could be willing to do just that. 

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