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#pounditTuesday, December 1, 2020

Jets reportedly have no interest in signing Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt

The New York Jets have enough salary cap space to sign multiple top free agents heading into the 2019 season, but don’t expect star running back Kareem Hunt to be one of them.

Though the Jets could use a play-making tailback to pair with Sam Darnold in the quarterback’s second season, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that they have zero interest in signing Hunt when he comes off the Commissioner’s Exempt List. The reason the Jets don’t want Hunt is the same reason many other teams will rule out signing him, but it apparently hits a bit closer to home for their front office.

As Mehta notes, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan and his wife, Betty, had a close friend killed in a domestic violence murder-suicide several years ago. They have since become heavily involved in the One Love Foundation, which is an organization that raises awareness about the warning signs of domestic violence.

Hunt, of course, was released by the Chiefs and placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after a video of him shoving and kicking a woman outside a hotel room was released.

The Jets have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Le’Veon Bell, and Hunt could give them the same caliber of player who is younger and would probably come cheaper. Maccagnan apparently doesn’t care about that, which is something no one should argue with.

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