The Bears last week might have been the first team to publicly leave the door open regarding the possibility of signing ex-Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt, but there are several expressing interest in adding the 2017 NFL rushing champion, who could have a job "sooner than later," a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Since a Feb. 2018 video of Hunt pushing and shoving a young woman surfaced in mid-November, he has been undergoing anger-management courses, Schefter reports, and the progress he's making is increasing interest in his services.
Hunt, 23, who was released by the Chiefs on Nov. 30 for lying to the team about his involvement in the video, remains on the Commissioner's Exempt list and still is subject to league discipline. He reportedly is being investigated by the league for three separate incidents, not just the one stemming from the incident in a Cleveland hotel that led to his release. A 37-year-old man alleges he was assaulted in a Kansas City nightclub last January by a group of men including Hunt and former Chiefs teammate George Atkinson.
Last June, police responded to what was called a "minor altercation" in a Ohio resort allegedly involving Hunt. No charges were filed in any of the three incidents.
Bears coach Matt Nagy indicated last week that he has been in contact with Hunt, his former pupil when he was the Chiefs offensive coordinator in 2017.
"The only thing I cared about when I talked to him was literally his personal life," Nagy said, "how he's doing, and it was a good conversation.
Bears GM Ryan Pace indicated at the time that the Bears "aren't even there yet" as far as having actual football discussions regarding the possibility of reuniting Hunt with Nagy. But according to Schefter, the time for Chicago and other teams willing to give Hunt a second chance could be coming soon.