Pace: Bears Never Seriously Pursued Hunt

Facing a suspension, Kareem Hunt signed with the Browns on Feb. 11.

Chris Emma
February 27, 2019 - 10:47 am
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (670 The Score) -- The Bears left open the possibility of signing running back Kareem Hunt in mid-January, but that door closed on them.

Several weeks later, the Browns signed Hunt, the NFL's leading rusher in 2017 who faces a suspension after assaulting a woman last February. How involved were the Bears in pursuit of Hunt?

"Did we talk about it? Yes," general manager Ryan Pace said at the NFL Combine on Wednesday. "Was it serious? No. Every scenario that comes up, we would do our team a disservice if we didn't discuss every scenario. We talked about it, but it never got serious.

"You explore everything. We owe that to ourselves. But for a variety of reasons, it never got serious."

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The Bears have a familiarity with Hunt through coach Matt Nagy, who was serving as the Chiefs offensive coordinator when Hunt broke out as a rookie in Kansas City. During the Bears' season-ending press conference in January, Nagy had said that he maintained a dialogue with Hunt after the Chiefs released him, though those two didn't discuss the possibility of Hunt coming to Chicago. 

"It was something we discussed, but it never became serious for us," Nagy said of the conversation among Bears officials.

The running back position brings questions for the Bears, as three-year starter Jordan Howard is entering a contract year after coming off a disappointing first season in Nagy's offense.

With the NFL Combine beginning this week, the Bears can continue their work on scouting running backs in the draft.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​