Colts reportedly have serious interest in adding veteran running back Kareem Hunt

With Jonathan Taylor’s future with the Indianapolis Colts uncertain, Indy is bringing in veteran running back Kareem Hunt for a visit.
Nov 20, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) during pre-game
Nov 20, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) during pre-game / Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

The running back position has been under a major spotlight this NFL offseason, and the Indianapolis Colts have been one of the main characters. That continued to be the case on Tuesday. As veteran running back Kareem Hunt prepared for a free agency visit with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the Colts reached out to Hunt before his workout with New Orleans and offered him more money.

This comes as the team is in a messy battle with star running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor has been on the PUP list all training camp, and he also has requested a trade, as his desire for a new contract wasn’t fulfilled by Indianapolis. While the expectation was that Taylor would be ready in time for the season, and that Indy wasn’t going to trade him, it seems like Indy is getting prepared for life without JT.

Colts seem prepared to sign Kareem Hunt

While Hunt hasn’t signed, or even visited with Indy yet, it seems like the Colts are prepared to add the running back to the team if everything goes well on the visit. This comes a few days after Indianapolis signed Kenyan Drake, another veteran running back.

It is important to note that Zack Moss, Indy’s backup running back, recently broke his arm. However, Moss’ timeline is expected to be around four to six weeks, giving him a chance to return early in the season. So with Moss coming back early in the year, plus Drake and the other young running backs on the roster, a Hunt signing would seem heavily connected to Jonathan Taylor.

Taylor wasn’t at practice on Tuesday, with the team saying that he was rehabbing his injured ankle. Now with the news that Hunt could be signing to Indy in the coming days, it’s natural to speculate about Taylor’s health and future with the team. Either Indianapolis learned something about his ankle that makes the team want to add another veteran running back, or the Colts are preparing to move on from Jonathan Taylor.