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What if Kareem Hunt was a Packer?

The Green Bay Packers have had a wild change in their backfield this offseason. Franchise cornerstone Aaron Jones was stunningly released, and he signed with the Minnesota Vikings of all teams. Other running backs A.J. Dillon and Patrick Taylor are still sitting out on the free agent market too.

However, prior to releasing Aaron Jones, the Packers made the move to cover their behinds by signing All-Pro bell cow running back Josh Jacobs to a four-year deal. So, it is the All-Pro back’s show in Green Bay for the foreseeable future. That is something Packers fans did not see coming at all. That is for sure.

Now, Green Bay needs a steady No. 2 running back to backup Jacobs. Unless A.J. Dillon is brought back on a smaller deal, the Packers will have nearly an entirely different backfield in 2024 and beyond. This is where a veteran like Kareem Hunt could come in and play the RB2 role. Here is why it makes sense:


Hunt Has Plenty of RB2 Experience

With the former Kansas City Chiefs star now a free agent after five seasons in Cleveland, coming to the Packers could be a solid move for both GM Brian Gutekunst and Hunt. The former Pro Bowl back has recorded three 1,100-yard seasons from scrimmage, including a 1,700-yard season as a rookie in 2017. While backing up great running back Nick Chubb on the Browns, Hunt totaled 32 total touchdowns and 4.0 yards per rush in his five seasons there. Additionally, he averaged 7.2 yards per reception while with the Browns. With Aaron Jones gone, Green Bay could use some more receiving help out of the backfield.

At just 28 years of age, Hunt is still a quality back. No, he isn’t a starter, nor is he worth starting money. However, signing him to a two-year deal worth around $8 million in total makes sense. The Packers are ready to win right now. Adding a veteran back that has experience winning and playing solid football in this league for a long time would be a low-risk, high-reward move for both. He wouldn’t be on the field all the time and could help spell Jacobs when he needs a break. This would be a very plausible move.


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