Kareem Hunt will not be returning to the Cleveland Browns next season, and fans are curious as to why. Despite being an invaluable backup to Nick Chubb, the Browns decided it was time to let Hunt go.
According to NFL analyst Dave Kluge, Hunt’s production has been declining in several key categories. He is coming off career lows in yards per carry, yards per catch, yards per target, yards per route run, yards after contact per attempt, broken tackle rate, and PFF run grade.
Cleveland initially tried to trade Hunt, but there were no takers, and there is simply no interest in him around the NFL. Terry Pluto reported that Hunt hasn’t met with a single team during free agency, indicating that his market value has drastically decreased.
Hunt burst onto the scene in his rookie season, rushing for a league-high 1,327 yards and making the Pro Bowl. However, his production has steadily declined since then, with his yards per carry dropping from 4.9 in 2021 to 3.8 last season.
At 28 years old, Hunt is nearing the age when running backs typically see a significant decrease in production, which may have factored into the Browns’ decision to move on from him.
While Hunt’s future in the NFL remains unclear, it is evident that his once-promising career has fallen off in recent years. The Browns will look to other options in their backfield rotation as they aim to compete for a playoff spot next season.
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