Browns RB Kareem Hunt requests trade, should Falcons be interested?

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According to ESPN, Kareem Hunt of the Browns has officially requested a trade out of Cleveland. Should the Falcons be interested in acquiring the controversial running back?

Hunt is entering the final year of a two-year, $12 million deal he signed with the team a couple of offseasons ago. He was considered one of the premier up-and-coming running backs in the league, even leading the NFL in rushing as a rookie with the Chiefs in 2017, when he totaled 1,327 yards. However, he was released a year later after video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman. He subsequently signed with the Browns in 2019 but was suspended for the first eight games of the season for violating the personal conduct policy.

The Browns have been embroiled in controversy regarding Deshaun Watson, and now they’ll have one more thing on their plate with Hunt. The Falcons don’t have an overt need at the position, but the coaching staff and front office have made it apparent they’ll upgrade the roster in any way they can.

However, a logical brain would say the Falcons saw the type of outrage that could come from acquiring a player with this kind of baggage. After pursuing Watson, Atlanta’s leadership has to be weary of going after another player with similar controversy surrounding them.

Despite Hunt’s obvious value on the field, I doubt very seriously the Falcons would float the idea of trading for a player that just recently physically abused a woman publically. On top of that, Atlanta’s backfield is in a healthy position, with Cordarrelle Patterson and Tyler Allgeier holding things down. Moreover, the Browns declined Hunt’s trade request. For all those reasons, the Falcons trading for Hunt feels highly unlikely.

Photographer: William Purnell/Icon Sportswire

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