The 23-year-old has been given another chance in the NFL after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs following a video being published showing him pushing and kicking a woman in February.
The Chiefs insisted Hunt was not truthful with them about what happened, which in turn led them to cut the player and Hunt later agreed about being deceitful.
The NFL has yet to conclude their investigation into Hunt’s situation, which also involves an incident at a nightclub in January and an altercation at a restaurant in June.
Hunt faces a baseline six-game suspension, but due to the multiple incidents any ban could be increased.
Hunt has been given a $1million deal by the Browns, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave an update to Hunt’s investigation during Super Bowl week.
He stated that if Hunt were signed by an NFL team “the clubs understand he’ll go on the Commissioner’s Exempt List at that point in time until the discipline process has concluded whether there is discipline or not discipline we will finish the investigation and then make a determination.”
Browns general manager John Dorsey has a history with Hunt, as he was with Kansas City when the running back was drafted in 2017.
And he understands there might be some backlash from Cleveland fans to the free agent signing.
“My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision making process,” Dorsey said.
“But we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him.
Hunt has been undergoing alcohol and anger management counselling according to Rapoport, and has also met with NFL investigators regarding the three incidents under review.
“There were two important factors: one is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse and secondly, just as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to necessary professional treatment and a plan that has been clearly laid out,” Dorsey added.
“We fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem’s history and do not condone his actions.
“Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance but certainly with the understanding that he has to go through critical and essential steps to become a performing member of this organisation, aside from what the NFL determines from their ongoing investigation.
“We fully understand that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL.
“Here at the Browns, there is a detailed plan with expectations laid out that he understands and must follow, because any similar incident will not be tolerated.
“We will support Kareem through this process and utilise our resources, however permitted, to help him become successful on and off the field as long as he continues to show the commitment necessary to represent this organisation.”
In his rookie season with the Chiefs, Hunt led the NFL in rushing with 1,327 yards – he averaged 4.9 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns.
In 2018, his second season in the NFL, he totalled 824 rushing yards after 11 games before being released. He had averaged 4.6 yards per carry and had scored seven touchdowns.