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Browns Sign Kareem Hunt

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The Cleveland Browns have signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, the team officially announced on Monday.

According to NFL Network insider, Hunt inked a one-year, $1 million deal with Cleveland.

Hunt will not reunite with general manager John Dorsey, who drafted Hunt when they were both in Kansas City.

With the signing of Hunt, the running back will be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list and a suspension is forthcoming, but it may take a while to learn of the extent, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

“My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision-making process, but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him,” Dorsey said.

“There were two important factors: one is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse and secondly, just as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to necessary professional treatment and a plan that has been clearly laid out.”

Dorsey went on to continue to defend the team’s decision to sign Hunt.


“Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance but certainly with the understanding that he has to go through critical and essential steps to become a performing member of this organization, aside from what the NFL determines from their ongoing investigation. … Here at the Browns, there is a detailed plan with expectations laid out that he understands and must follow, because any similar incident will not be tolerated. We will support Kareem through this process and utilize our resources, however permitted, to help him become successful on and off the field as long as he continues to show the commitment necessary to represent this organization.”

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Raiders Sign Jonathan Cooper

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The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran offensive lineman Jonathan cooper, according to NFL Network insider Jonathan Cooper.

Cooper, 29, is a former 1st round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals and has bounced around the league since flaming out in Arizona.

Cooper will likely provide solid depth to the Raiders’ offensive line, as well as some insurance in case Richie Incognito is suspended.

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Martavis Bryant Applies for Reinstatement

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Former NFL wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who last played for the Oakland Raiders, has formally applied for reinstatement into the NFL, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Bryant started 2 games for the Raiders last season, following his trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was suspended by the NFL shortly after.

Bryant has been suspended a handful for times by the NFL throughout his career, and it will be interesting to see if his application for reinstatement is granted.

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Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu Says Defense Has Challenge Ahead of Them

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Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu is confident in what his new team can do in 2019, but says that the defense as a challenge ahead of them.

Mathieu knows just how much the defense struggled, consistently getting lit up despite the immense production from the Chief’s offense thanks to the breakout play of quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Mathieu is hoping to provide a spark at the safety position, something that has been missing in recent seasons.

“I think we’ve got a great challenge ahead,” Mathieu said, according to Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star.

“I told our group, ‘This is going to be a tough hill to climb, especially where those guys were last year.’ They brought myself and Frank Clark in, and I think anytime you can bring two guys in that really have a chip on their shoulders, an edge, a certain personality, you can rub off on a lot of guys in a positive way. I think that’s why they brought me in, Kansas City, for one was to really kind of raise the tide of everybody around me, and so it’s going to be a fun season.”

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