The Chicago Bears were a few plays away from advancing to the divisional round but ultimately came up short against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears offense sputtered at points throughout the season so it would be wise to add an offensive weapon to help Mitchell Trubisky and his development. According to Spotrac, the Bears will have around $15 million in cap space, so they will be limited as far as who they can bring in.
One name that continues to float around - Kareem Hunt. His off the field issues are well documented, which led to his release from the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this season. However, the young running back is very talented and might be worth a look for the Bears. Hunt was named to the Pro Bowl last season while winning PFWA Rookie of the Year honors and lead the NFL in rushing yards.
There are a few reasons why a Kareem Hunt and Chicago Bears union could work:
- He’s only 23 years old; there’s plenty of mileage left on his tires.
- He would come On a relatively inexpensive contract.
- He knows coach Matt Nagy’s offense, as Nagy was Kansas City’s offensive coordinator during Hunt’s breakout year
Of course, signing Hunt would come with risks that could prove too large to overcome:
- The Bears already have Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard on the roster
- The media backlash the Bears could receive from signing him could be enough not to warrant a roster spot
- He would most likely face a suspension from the league once signed
- The Bears could look to add a running back through the draft instead
Personally, I think Kareem Hunt would fit well into the Chicago Bears. Hunt would be a more natural fit in this offense than Howard, as it appears Howard’s days as a Bear are numbered. Howard’s on-field production seems to have taken a hit as he went from averaging 5.2 yards a carry his rookie season to just 3.7 yards a carry this past season. As a result, Howard experienced a reduced workload this past season as he watched Tarik Cohen get the majority of the reps.
With Howard entering the final year of his rookie deal, it might be as good a time as any to move on from the former Indiana Hoosier. Bears general manager Ryan Pace could look to move the running back to recover draft picks the Bears gave up in order to acquire Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders last offseason. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, entering his third NFL season in the fall, would also benefit from a player like Hunt being on the roster as the young signal caller continues to learn and grow more confident in the offense. A motivated Hunt could vault the Chicago Bears into one of the top offenses in the NFL, given how proficient Hunt is as a runner and as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
Kareem Hunt is garnering interest from multiple teams and is believed to be signed sooner rather than later according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. During a recent press conference, neither Pace nor Nagy ruled out the possibility of adding Hunt. Nagy has even said he believes in giving guys a “second chance” and has been in contact with Hunt recently.
The former Chiefs running back won’t be out of a job for long and don’t be surprised if the Chicago Bears are the team that comes calling.