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Kareem Hunt requested a trade from the Browns on Sunday. There are three reasons why his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs, won’t be a suitor.
It’s been two days since Browns running back Kareem Hunt requested a trade and was denied by the team, but that doesn’t make him a guarantee to spend the 2022 season in Cleveland. There is surely an offer out there, somewhere, enticing enough for the Browns, whose future is uncertain in the wake of the Deshaun Watson debacle.
One spot Hunt certainly won’t have a chance to win, however, is back with the team that drafted him.
There are three primary reasons why the Kansas City Chiefs trade for Kareem Hunt will never happen.
Chiefs: 3 Reasons Kareem Hunt Trade Can’t and Won’t Happen
3. Existing talent in the Chiefs runs the backroom
The sting that came with Kareem Hunt being released by the Chiefs in 2018 didn’t last long. There was certainly a shock factor that came with the video of him pushing and kicking a woman being released, but the team itself didn’t miss his presence.
En route to their first AFC Championship appearance in 25 years, the Chiefs seamlessly replaced Hunt with the No. 2 and No. 3 RBs on the depth chart, Spencer Ware and Damien Williams. After the Patriots beat the Chiefs in the AFC title game, the reigns were handed to Williams as the premier quarterback for the following season.
He played a big role in Kansas City winning Super Bowl LIV and then took over backup responsibilities again after the Chiefs selected Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the 2020 draft.
In short, the Chiefs cut Kareem Hunt and went on to back-to-back AFC Championships and secured their first Super Bowl in 50 years. Since then, the backroom has struggled a bit with CEH not yet peaking in the NFL. Still, Kansas City enters the 2022 regular season with a roster loaded with running backs.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jerick McKinnon, Ronald Jones, Isiah Pacheco, Derrick Gore and Tayon Fleet-Davis (in order) make up the RBs on the Chiefs’ first official depth chart ahead of their preseason opener this weekend. McKinnon is 30 and Gore is 27, but Jones, as the third-oldest left in the room, is only 25. The other three are 23 or younger.
Whether Clyde Edwards-Helaire breaks out in 2022 or if any of the aforementioned take over as RB1, it’s clear the Chiefs’ primary motive this offseason was to sign and retain affordable young talent. They have plenty of that among the running backs currently listed and will play alongside the biggest producers to come from that group. Bringing in a 27-year-old Kareem Hunt, who will enter free agency in 2023, would go directly against that outlook.