For the second time, Kareem Hunt is leaving an NFL team without signing a contract. Hunt, who recently left New Orleans after not signing with the Saints, left Indianapolis on Wednesday without a deal despite the Colts offering him a contract, according to NFL Media.
The Colts did sign a running back on Wednesday. They picked up Jason Huntley, who was recently cut by the Steelers after initially signing with Pittsburgh last September. A 1,000-yard rusher in college for New Mexico State, Huntley was selected by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was waived by Detroit that summer before spending the next two seasons with the Eagles.
Despite his meeting with the Saints being characterized as "a great visit," the veteran running back left without a deal in place. Hunt then went to Indianapolis to meet with the Colts before leaving without a deal. In fact, Indy called Hunt before he even stepped foot onto the field to work out for the Saints and was offered more money, per ESPN. That is when he was advised to head to Indianapolis for a visit. The Colts also in need of some help in the backfield with star running back Jonathan Taylor with an excused absence. They did add some depth when they signed veteran Kenyan Drake earlier this month.
The Saints' depth at running back took a major hit over the weekend. Not only did they lose Alvin Kamara to , but they also found out that Eno Benjamin will be lost for the season . Although the Saints still have two very viable running backs on the roster in Jamaal Williams and rookie Kendre Miller, the team is also looking to add some depth. And for a minute it looked like the answer to that depth question could've been Kareem Hunt.
The 28-year-old Hunt spent his past four seasons in Cleveland, but the Browns decided to let his contract expire following the 2022 season. Hunt could have been re-signed by the Browns, but, , the team believes his speed is slipping, which is one reason why they let him head into free agency.
Last season was arguably the worst one of Hunt's career with the running back averaging a career-low 3.8 yards per carry, marking the first time in his six-year career that he finished under 4.2 yards. That being said, Hunt has shown plenty of spark in his career. During his rookie season with the Chiefs in 2017, Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards, which led the NFL.
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Although Hunt wasn't great last season, he still managed to total 678 yards, with 468 coming on the ground and 210 through the air. Hunt could be a good fit for any team that is looking at him as a secondary piece to their overall backfield attack.
Not only did the Saints let Hunt leave the building, but free agent linebacker Anthony Barr also left without a deal after what was described as a good visit, according to NFL Media. New Orleans reportedly remains in play for him, but Barr also has interest from other teams and could make more visits in the near future. That continues the Saints search for some depth at linebacker after Demario Davis suffered a calf injury.