Hunt is allowed to participate in all team activities -- including preseason games -- until his eight-game suspension kicks in Aug. 31. His presence on the roster has led to trade rumors surrounding Duke Johnson, who thus far has elected to stay away from the team during the voluntary portion of the offseason program. Johnson's agent reportedly asked for a trade in March or early April, but general manager John Dorsey said last week that the 25-year-old running back is still a "vital part" of the offense. Hunt's presence also creates some level of concern about Nick Chubb's rushing workload during the second half of 2019.
The NFL is suspending Hunt for eight games, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The league finally wrapped up its lengthy investigation, more than a month after Hunt signed a one-year contract with Cleveland. He'll be eligible to return for the second half of the 2019 campaign, eventually providing a major threat to Nick Chubb's workload. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Hunt won't appeal the suspension.
The Chiefs cut Hunt loose in late November after video emerged of the running back pushing a woman. The aforementioned investigation regards that incident as well as two others. Since he landed on the Commissioner's Exempt list, Hunt commenced counseling for anger management and alcohol issues but has yet to speak with league officials about his situation. It's unclear whether his inevitable suspension for violating the personal conduct policy will include the final five games of this season or instead begin in earnest during the 2019 campaign. Either way, Hunt should know his fate by the start of free agency, helping teams weigh the risk-reward balance of bringing the 23-year-old into the fold.
The NFL is reviewing three separate off-field incidents reportedly involving Hunt, as the league works towards determining potential discipline for the running back, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
The report suggests the likely outcome is a multi-game suspension that would stretch into next season. After being released by the Chiefs on Friday, Hunt is a free agent, though as long as he remains on the commissioner's exempt list, he is prohibited from participating in practices or games.
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||16||272||1327||4.9||69||8||12||60|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||11||11||181||824||4.6||45||7||7||46|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||16||53||455||8.6||78||3||4||1||18|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||11||11||26||378||14.5||67||7||7||2||17|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|