BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The lasting visual of Kareem Hunt’s second NFL season wasn’t him stiff-arming a linebacker, shedding a tackle or barreling over a cornerback at the goal line for a touchdown.
On Monday, the Browns, who seemed to finally emerge from years of gloom, doom and dysfunction by winning seven games behind exciting rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield this past season, signed Hunt to a one-year contract.
The shocking signing came while the league continues to investigate Hunt’s alarming behavior in an incident that took place in a downtown hotel lobby last February.
General manager John Dorsey, who drafted Hunt in the third round in 2017 while he was with Kansas City, said the decision to sign the 23-year-old was rooted in his Christian faith.
That’s enough for Dorsey, who said nothing is guaranteed and that he will have zero tolerance for further wrongdoings by Hunt.
“You guys always hear me talk about men of character,” he told beat reporters, who met with the GM in a conference room for 25 minutes not long after the team announced Hunt’s controversial signing.
Dorsey was adamant that the Browns completed a “thorough” investigation — the league’s inquiry is still not complete — before signing Hunt and that owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam approved the decision to add another troubled player (see Johnny Manziel, Josh Gordon) to Cleveland’s roster.
But the decision to bring aboard Hunt raises other questions:Why now?
And, is Dorsey confident he really knows Hunt as a person?
Dorsey insisted the Browns didn’t feel pressured to sign Hunt out of fear he would go to another team.
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the team evaluated Hunt and didn’t feel comfortable trying to sign him because of numerous issues.
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