The Cleveland Browns would be wise to consider trading Kareem Hunt.
The Cleveland Browns are looking at a long season without their starting quarterback, the embattled and disgraced Deshaun Watson. The likelihood of this Browns team winning more than eight games is, at best, a stretch. Jacoby Brissett is either on par with or slightly behind someone like Case Keenum and that’s not a strong recipe for success.
Due to the season being a loss in the eyes of many, there is a growing belief that the Browns should consider accepting the season as it is and move some parts that will likely not be back anyway. One player who fits that bill is Kareem hunt, who is in the last year of his contract, and with the roster’s salary cap situation not expected to get any better going into 2023, the team should consider trading Hunt while they can.
The Browns could get a compensatory draft pick in 2023 if Hunt does leave in free agency but that isn’t a guarantee. A team only gets a compensatory pick if Hunt has a good season, gets a big contract, and the team doesn’t sign any free agents to big contracts.
It isn’t a lock that Hunt, even if he has a big year, nets the Browns a 4th round pick if he leaves in free agency. There are so many other variables that go into something like this. The best way to get the most out of Hunt is via a trade, and Bleacher Report has one that the Browns should consider (should it ever come to this).
This Kareem Hunt trade helps the Cleveland Browns for sure
Besides the fact Hunt wants out, trading Hunt will also help replenish the team’s draft picks for 2023 after Andrew Berry gutted the draft capital in the Watson trade. Not only do the Browns need more draft picks now, but the team doesn’t even need Hunt. The Browns have three very good backs beside him in Nick Chubb, D’Ernest Johnson, and Jerome Ford, and Hunt only mucks up the depth chart.
He’s a fine player but is he really a Top 20 back? I would argue he isn’t, or at the very least, he barely is, and if the Browns can turn Hunt into two different picks, they should. Regardless of how the season is going.
I’d do this trade as is, mostly due to the fact the Browns get a guaranteed fourth-round pick and you don’t need to play the compensatory lottery to see if they value Hunt’s departure as warranting a fourth-round pick. Because, again, the compensatory picks are not guaranteed.
Swapping sevenths is fine, but ideally, you’d want over for a fourth and seventh and not give one up.