The Denver Broncos have been linked to Kareem Hunt for months, and it continues to make more sense as we await Javonte Williams’ status for the season. While he’s expected to return in the first few weeks, his availability for week one is in question.
Sean Payton and the Broncos have prioritized protecting Russell Wilson, adding Samaje Perine and multiple pieces along the offensive line. Hunt would fit perfectly in Denver and is another option to have if Javonte Williams needs more time.
Adding Kareem Hunt would most likely be a “prove it” deal, benefitting the team along with giving Hunt another chance to show his talent. If you look at the running back room without Javonte it’s pretty thin. It showed last year when Denver relied on Latavius Murray to be the starter.
With the release of pass-rusher Jacob Martin, the Broncos have even more cap space to bring in Kareem Hunt. It would most likely be a one-year deal for around five to seven million.
Update on Javonte
As of today, there is a strong possibility that Javonte Williams returns in week one. Denver’s front office has told the media on multiple occasions that, while there is nothing confirmed, they are optimistic and happy with his progress.
I do expect him to return early in the season, but if he experiences a minor setback, the Broncos will not hesitate to keep him sidelined. Samaje Perine would be the starter, most likely followed by Tony Jones. There is no clear winner for the third-string position, while Damarea Crockett is the frontrunner.
We will get more updates on Williams throughout the off-season, and clarification on a set return date.