Published: Wed, January 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

The Bears aren't ruling out giving Kareem Hunt a second chance

The Bears aren't ruling out giving Kareem Hunt a second chance

Monday, both coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace left open the possibility the Bears could sign the troubled former Chiefs running back, who was released by the Chiefs on November 30 after video showed him pushing and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel previous year. "He sounded good. That's it". A season in which Hunt burst onto the scene and finished with the National Football League rushing title, the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, and a Pro Bowl appearance.

Jordan Howard, who rushed for a career-low 935 yards in 2018, enters the final year of his contract in 2019, so the Bears could be in the market for a running back.

While Pace said the team is "not even close to that point", Nagy confirmed he spoke with Hunt on the phone last week.

The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt on December 1 after video surfaced of the running back shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of his Cleveland residence. Bears general manager Ryan Pace was far from committal to that possibility.

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If you're a Bears fan wondering how your coach handles losses, Nagy might be more upset than you are that they didn't play in Los Angeles on Saturday and that's exactly how it. We wish he had a better season, too.

Instead of leading the Kansas City Chiefs rushing attack deep into the playoffs, Hunt is sitting at home likely wondering what might have been. The Kansas City Chiefs acted swiftly and released Hunt and he was placed on the Commissioner's list while he sorts out his personal life.

The Bears faced a similar situation with Ray McDonald in 2015, when he was signed after a pair of arrests for suspicion of domestic violence while a member of the 49ers. "So we're not even there yet, you know what I mean", said Pace. Howard struggled to get going throughout most of the year, and while he ran better over the last few games, he never really put together a stretch of solid football.

Of course, Nagy doesn't seem to be too anxious about what kind of punishment Hunt might be given, because he's more anxious about Hunt the person. "I've been raised to give people a second chance, but every situation is different". "But at the end of the day, I'm just going to hold my head high and when things aren't going my way I'm just going to continue to think positive and keep swinging".

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