The Arizona Cardinals are expecting a long 2023 season. With quarterback Kyler Murray expected to miss some time recovering from his injuries, and coming off a 4-13 season, the outlook isn't bright in the desert. But could they look into adding this star running back, who could team up with James Conner to form a dynamic duo?
Behind James Conner is Keaontay Ingram, who had 27 total carries and 60 rushing yards last season, and former Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement, who had 55 rushing yards last season on 15 carries. The Cardinals could really use a solid number-two back behind Connor, who is also dynamic and experienced.
Arizona could look into adding former Kansas Chiefs star Kareem Hunt. He would fit well in behind Conner, and with Conner's injury history, could be a safe play to start some games this season as well.
Hunt Could Boost The Arizona Cardinals Rushing Attack
Kareem Hunt has been stellar since the night he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. He led the league in rushing in his first season and has over 4,000 rushing yards in six seasons in the NFL. Although he was released in 2018 due to his abuse allegations, he was signed months later by the Cleveland Browns to backup star running back Nick Chubb.
Since then, Chubb and Hunt have led one of the NFL's best backfields, with Hunt racking up over 1,500 rushing yards despite only starting nine games in Cleveland. His 841 yards in 2019 were more than last year's Cardinals rushing leader James Conner, who only had 782 rushing yards.
Hunt is not expected to return to Cleveland after his trade request last season was denied. He was making a little over six million dollars per season the last couple of years, but the Arizona Cardinals could end up signing the former Chief for around four million per year, even if it's only for a year.
With signing Kareem Hunt, it is a low-risk, high-reward signing that could give Arizona its new star running back for years to come, or even just a reliable backup. Although the 27-year-old has an injury history, he did play in all 17 games last season.
So Arizona Cardinals fans, would you want to see the former Browns star in the backfield in 2023? Or would you rather roll with Ingram and Clement behind James Conner this season in Arizona?
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