Kareem Hunt goes unclaimed despite consideration from multiple teams
Kareem Hunt may have gone unclaimed after he was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs, but the early indication is that he will get another chance in the NFL eventually.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, several teams considered putting in a claim for Hunt prior to the 4 p.m. EST deadline on Monday. However, the running back is expected to become a free agent.
Twenty minutes past the deadline to put waiver claims in and it doesn’t sound like anyone put in for #Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt. Several teams considered it, but those teams elected not to put in a claim. If this holds, Hunt will be a free agent.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 3, 2018
There’s still plenty of uncertainty surrounding Hunt’s situation. He’s currently on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, and he is expected to be hit with a lengthy suspension at some point. The baseline for the suspension will likely be the standard six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, but it’s possible he could be suspended even longer.
In addition to being investigated by the league over the video that showed him shoving and kicking a woman back in February, Hunt was accused of punching a man in the face during an altercation back in June. That could result in his suspension being longer than six games.
While Hunt’s situation is similar to Ray Rice’s, Rice was 29 at the time a video surfaced of him punching his now-wife in an elevator. Hunt, on the other hand, is 23 and in the prime of his career. Like it or not, that matters to NFL teams.