Kareem Hunt signs with Browns

Browns sign RB Kareem Hunt

Browns sign RB Kareem Hunt

Controversial ex-Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt now has a new playing home after signing a one-year deal to join the Cleveland Browns on Monday, but not everyone is happy about it.

Since his release, the 2017 NFL rushing champ has been working with the league to begin a treatment and counseling program, according to a league source. The Cleveland Browns announced today that they have signed Kareem Hunt to a deal.

When video of the February incident became public late last November, published by TMZ, the Chiefs released Hunt. He was in his second season with Kansas City and was one of the team's most productive players as it won the AFC West the last two years.

The Browns, who sense a chance to win the division next season, are willing to absorb the off-the-field problems and risk of signing Hunt.

Hunt was placed on the NFL's commissioner's exempt list hours before the Chiefs released him.

In 11 games with the Chiefs last season, Hunt rushed for 824 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 378 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns.

"I know this, if you talked to anybody who's been in the locker room with Kareem Hunt, they'll tell he was a really good teammate", Dorsey said.

"I think every time you go through these very hard situations and these types of actions, you have to study everything from the person and then find out are they willing to be better people moving forward", Dorsey said.

In 2016 Dorsey also drafted Tyreek Hill, who pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery on his girlfriend in a 2014 incident; she was pregnant at the time. It is possible the Browns keep all three, considering Hunt might be facing a suspension from the National Football League, but it is also possible they would be opening to trading their No. 3 back, Johnson.

"I'm a work in progress as a person, but I'm committed to taking advantage of the support systems that I have in place to become the best and healthier version of myself", Hunt's statement read.

"We fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem's history and do not condone his actions".

The gamble on McDonald didn't make sense. Well, it means that Bears running back Jordan Howard now has a better chance of finishing out his rookie contract with Chicago in 2019. First of all, many thought NFL teams would wait to hear the official punishment from the NFL on Hunt violating the league's personal conduct policy before signing him.

"At the end of it, the one thing we did find was he understands and takes full accountability for the egregious act he committed", Dorsey said.