The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns don’t do business together very often, being in the same division and all, but that didn’t stop Alex Kay from Bleacher Report proposing the two sides work out a trade that involves Kareem Hunt landing in the Queen City.
"The Cincinnati Bengals would benefit from adding a change-of-pace option like Hunt. The team has an immense talent in Joe Mixon but has little depth behind the starting RB.Mixon was the only Bengals back to eclipse 55 carries last year, tallying 292 totes for 1,205 yards and 13 TDs. He was also the team’s top receiving option out of the backfield, posting 42 catches for 314 yards and a trio of scores.Samaje Perine was an underwhelming backup for the reigning AFC Champions, notching just 442 yards and two touchdowns on 82 touches across 16 games last season."
I agree that Samaje Perine isn’t a great backup option for the team but Kay failed to mention that Chris Evans is likely slated to jump Perine on the depth chart this year, or at least that’s the hope. The Michigan product didn’t get much of a chance to show what he could do as a rookie but when fans did get to see him in action, they liked what they saw.
Kareem Hunt would offer the Bengals another weapon but it’s not a realistic trade.
Don’t get me wrong, it’d be fun to watch Hunt in this offense with Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd, but why would the Browns send one of their most productive players to a team in their division? Not only that, but why would they send him to a team that WON the division and made it all the way to the Super Bowl? Division teams don’t do business with each other for a reason.
Let’s play the game though and pretend that this trade was a possibility.
Kay proposed that the Bengals give up a 2023 third and fifth-round pick in exchange for Hunt. This feels pretty low considering how productive Hunt is but maybe his legal issues could be a reason the stripes could surrender less for him.
"If the Bengals wish to improve the backfield and extend Mixon’s career by lightening his burden, they should consider kicking over a Day 2 pick plus a later selection to snag Hunt away from a divisional rival."
Truthfully, I’d rather the Bengals hold onto their third and fifth-round picks and give Evans a chance behind Mixon. Hunt is a good player but adding him to this offense isn’t a necessity.
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