Obviously, the off-season drama and turmoil in Cleveland will carry over into the regular season. DeShaun Watson’s penalty was handed out last week to the tune of six very disappointing matches suspensionthat was resume by NFL. Now, one of Cleveland’s primary offensive weapons, Kareem Hunt, is not only sitting in training camp, but also asking for a trade.
Mary Kay Capote Cleveland.com Reports suggest Brown rejected Hunt’s initial request, but that position may change as we approach the regular season. This contract dispute with Hunt could be seen by many as a distraction as the season kicks off. And knowing Cleveland, you probably are.
Hunt’s order throws a big key in Cleveland’s offensive game plan. Brown built their attack around a back-end system that has been running for the past two years. During the 2020 season, Hunt and Nick Chubb split, holding the ball roughly in the middle. Chubb carried The Rock 190 times and Hunt 198.
Cleveland fought the playoffs in 2020 for the first time since 2002, riding on his back. Brown has already shown that they will do anything to win the trade for Watson and all the due scrutiny that goes with it. While Cleveland declined Hunt’s request for a deal, it might not be a bad idea to go ahead and give him his wish, especially if you don’t have plans to pay him back anytime soon.
If Brown is dug and refuses to pay Hunt, they may also get the best possible deal for his services. Part of this may be waiting for them to learn more about the league’s allure to suspending Watson for six games. Cleveland would be in total trouble if the NFL allure worked and Watson’s suspension became 12 games or possibly the entire season.
Sure, they could roll with Jacobi Brissett, but many feel this Brown side could make a comeback in the playoffs again this year. Until now, Without a proven starting quarterback, these plans can quickly evaporate. However, there is QB installed in the market. Someone who just goes out and wins and leads his team to an NFC title match in two of the last three seasons.
Jimmy freaking Garoppolo. why not? Likes ChaseGaroppolo is also in the last year of his current life Deal. The money in each player’s contract is completely different, so this should be specified. But if there’s one thing we know above all about 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, it’s that he loves running the ball. With Trey Lance taking over as QB1 in San Francisco, the Niners are open and looking for business partners for Jimmy G. I think that makes perfect sense in the field.
Of course, this scenario only works if Watson misses most or all of the 2022 season in suspension. Hunt is still young enough (27 years old) and he has spent most of his career in decline due to the commission offense. During his three years with Cleveland, Hunt had only 319 sprint attempts. Some of this is due to injury, but more than that is his split he carries with Chubb.
When you compare that to running backwards like Ezekiel Elliott (26) in Dallas, it’s night and day. Elliott has rushed over 300 times in three of his first six years in the league, and we’ve all seen his decline over the past two seasons. Elliott carried the ball 322 times during his junior campaign alone. Hunt has hardly done this over his three years in Cleveland, so it must be beautiful Fresh in comparison. He averaged nearly five yards per carry last year, the most since his rookie year in Kansas City.
If I’m the Browns and Watson out this season, I’ll pick up the phone and call John Lynch and show Hunt to Jimmy G. Obviously the 49ers will probably be asking for picks with Hunt, but Cleveland still has a few leftover picks and should be willing to accommodate them. . I’ve never been a huge fan of Garoppolo, but damn, at some point you can’t ignore the results.
What Jimmy J does on the court is not pretty, but he wins. And that is supposed to be the goal here, winning. Let’s not forget that Brown acquired Amary Cooper in the offseason by trade from the Cowboys. He made Dak Prescott look cool at times and could do the same to Garoppolo on this offense. Plus it still delivers to Chubb in the background.
For now, I think Brown is just waiting to see what happens with Watson. If fewer than 10 games come out after resumption, they don’t have to trade for Jimmy G, and they probably want to keep Hunt in Cleveland anyway. But if the appeal is successful and Watson is just gone, you now have a valuable piece of business in the Hunt and can proceed accordingly.
This is a crazy situation that the Browns find themselves in, but it just fits, given their history. There are a few franchises that have felt confident in their ability to navigate these choppy waters, but Brown is not among them.