Despite a report earlier from Ian Rapoport that multiple teams, like the Buccaneers, could be interested in FA RB Kareem Hunt, Mike Verderame of Fansided reported that the Bucs aren’t interested in sign Hunt at this time.
Despite other reports, the #Buccaneers are not interested in signing Kareem Hunt at this time, per source.
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) February 1, 2019
Earlier when Rapoport stated that Tampa Bay could be interested left the door open as there is a good amount of uncertainty involving Hunt’s case involving an ongoing investigation in 3 separate off the field incidents. Incidents that could result in a suspension of an unknown amount of games. If his investigation followed precedent he could see a suspension of at least 6 games. Now if Hunt is suspended for 6 or more games, it could put a wrench in any plans a team has in signing Hunt who could not have him on the field for half a season or more.
Even though it is also believed per Rapoport that the investigation should be completed before the start of free agency, it now doesn’t seem likely that the Bucs will be front-runners in the Hunt sweepstakes. Hunt who has rushed for 2,151 yards 15 TD’s and 10 receiving TD’s over two years is seen as a promising young back, but could see his career derailed because of poor decision-making off the field. As a result, it seems like the Bucs are counting themselves out for now and now Hunt is down to 30 other options. At least for now.