NFL executives don’t expect recently released Kareem Hunt to find a new team anytime soon.
Hunt was cut Friday from the Kansas City Chiefs after a video was released that appeared to show him shoving and kicking a woman in Cleveland from an altercation back in February.
Hunt might be sorely disappointed if he’s anticipating a team will sign him off of waivers before he becomes a free agent Monday afternoon. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the following:
But the prevailing opinion from multiple executives around the league is that Hunt will not be claimed Monday and will become an unrestricted free agent, albeit on the commissioner’s exempt list.
“I don’t think anyone claims him,” one general manager told ESPN.
Another GM told ESPN that there is “no chance” that Hunt gets claimed while a third GM said he “can’t imagine” a team will claim Hunt, who was released Friday by the Chiefs after a video surfaced earlier that day that showed him shoving and kicking a woman in February.
“No way, I don’t see it,” another NFL executive told ESPN.
Hunt also game an interview Sunday to ESPN, where he apologized for his actions. I’m just not sure it’s going to be enough to change the winds. (RELATED: Here Are The Best Moments From Week 12 Of The NFL Season)
As I’ve said many times before, the NFL has a disastrous problem with the perceptions its players commit violence against women. It’s been this way ever since the Ray Rice incident.
There is almost certainly no chance a team takes a chance on Hunt, especially because he’s on the commissioner’s exempt list. That means he can’t even play right now. Sure, his contract is extremely small, but a player only has value if he can see the field.
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The downside to bringing Hunt onto your team if you’re a general manager is just way too much. He’ll likely be out the rest of this year and then next year. There’s going to have to be some substantial time that goes by before an NFL squad is okay with adding him to their roster.
That’s just the nature of the beast.