For the rollercoaster ride that this offseason has been for the Cleveland Browns, the players are at least keeping things community-focused.
Recently, running back Kareem Hunt hosted a charity golf event.
The event is one Hunt’s known for in Cleveland, with proceeds usually going to help a Cleveland charity or non-profit.
Last year, for instance, Hunt’s golf tournament went to support the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio.
Hunt isn’t alone; with mandatory OTAs starting up this week, several players are returning to Cleveland early to host their own charity events and camps.
Denzel Ward is set to host his own event later in the summer, while Myles Garrett recently hosted his own youth camp.
The kiddos weren’t stuck on the field the whole time, however; Garrett took the campers to see the latest Jurrasic World movie.
In attendance at Hunt’s golf tournament was none other than GM Andrew Berry, who might be looking for some favorable PR after the Deshaun Watson trade.
#Browns GM Andrew Berry made an appearance at RB Kareem Hunts annual charity golf night pic.twitter.com/CGzHOb3s0g
— Brad Stainbrook (@StainbrookNFL) June 11, 2022
Back in March, the Browns traded a “Draft Day” haul of three firsts (and more) to the Houston Texans for Deshaun Watson.
That despite the fact that Watson faces two-dozen suits of sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct.
While a grand jury declined to indict Watson criminally, the quarterback still faces civil lawsuits, as well as sanctions from the league office.
Berry, who orchestrated the trade and then defended it at Watson’s first Browns presser, has taken flak for the move.
So it comes as no surprise that Berry showed up smiling to the event, clearly needing to rehab his image.
Wonder what Berry and Hunt discussed?
Could it have been more than just whether a five-iron or sand wedge is the right tool to knock in a shot to save par?
Hunt’s name has remained in the rumor mill for some time, and it’s not hard to see why.
For starters, running backs simply aren’t valued the same way they were even five years ago.
Every season, it seems like a cheap offseason acquisition goes off for serious fantasy points.
Last year, it was Atlanta’s Cordarelle Patterson, who salvaged what most believed was a dwindling career.
So why should the Browns continue paying Hunt when he could be traded to add depth to other needy positions?
Further, the Browns have a solid bunch of runners.
In addition to Hunt, the Browns can rely on Nick Chubb, D’Ernest Johnson, and rookie Jerome Ford.
However, it’s hard to deny the impact Hunt has in the locker room.
If I’m a dynasty fantasy football player I’d be trying to get Kareem Hunt on my team asap.
If he gets moved to another team that needs an RB1 we will see him explode in value. 🚀 #Browns #NFL #FantasyFootball
— PPRFantasyTips (@PPRFantasyTips) June 10, 2022
He’s been a team favorite for some time now.
Is right now really the time that the Browns want to further rock the boat?
It’s a conundrum for sure.
But as it stands, the Browns have flexibility and depth at the position with or without Hunt.
Never a bad place to be.
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